Amritsar Municipal Corporation is struggling to recover property tax dues in absence of records of defaulters. Adding to their woes is the stubborn hotelier lobby that seems in no mood to pay up.
Majority of the hoteliers didn’t clear the property tax despite a revision in rates on their demand last year and the civic body missed the collection target.
The MC authorities have asked the officials to initiate a fresh survey to list defaulters of property tax. The officials have been given time till June 30 to complete the survey, based on the data pertaining to the Geographical Index Survey (GI Survey) of 2013, besides issuing challans to the defaulters they come across in the process.
While the GI Survey provides the MC with the lists of assessees of property tax, the civic body lacks data pertaining to payment for property tax from 2013 onwards. The civic body doesn’t have digitised record of people who pay property tax. As compared to `28 crore of last year, the MC has set a target of `35 crore this year.
Last year the civic body could collect around `19 crore. The civic body couldn’t meet the target as hoteliers despite being given some relief didn’t pay up.
Municipal corporation joint commissioner Surinder Singh said only a handful of hoteliers had volunteered to clear their dues. “Majority of them has not yet paid their property tax. We don’t have lists of defaulters 2013 onwards as digitisation of records is on,” he said.
He said as the process of computerisation could take a while, officials concerned have been asked to do a survey to physically collect data about the property tax defaulters. “The process of recovery of property tax shall be initiated after June 30,” he said.