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No 'house tax' element in this year's budget

punjab Updated: Mar 15, 2013 22:01 IST
Arjun Sharma

For the first time since the formation of Ludhiana municipal corporation, no amount has been allocated under the house tax category in the civic body's budget, which would be presented on Saturday.

The MC had proposed a budget of Rs 90 crore for house tax last year. However, that basket has been left empty this year, as the civic body is expecting the property tax to be implemented in the city from April.

Meanwhile, the already cash-strapped civic body will have over Rs 100 crore lesser in its coffers this year, as compared to 2012,

The MC budget, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, states that the proposed budget for 2013-14 will be Rs 630.98 crore, as against Rs 741.25 crore last year, which is a steep decline from the Rs 801-crore budget proposed in 2011-12.

The decline in budget reflects the declining financial condition of the local body, which has been struggling hard to meet its needs, even by selling its properties.

The budget for General Branch this year has been proposed at Rs 440.18 crore, whereas Rs 190.80 crore have been allocated for Operation and Management cell.

The MC expects a maximum of Rs 315 crore from octroi/ share of VAT, as against Rs 280 crore last year. This is an increase of Rs 35 crore from last year. The least amount in the budget has been kept for slaughter house fee, which is Rs 4 lakh this year. It was Rs 3.05 lakh last year.

The budget for roads has been proposed at Rs 21.50 crore, for PWD roads Rs 3 crore, for bridges/projects Rs 15.50 crore, for streets and drains Rs 20.25 crore, for street lights 8.50 crore, for parks Rs 7 crore, for development of slum colonies Rs 20.25 crore, for municipal buildings Rs 4 crore and Rs 15 crore for municipal waste management.

Also, the MC has also proposed Rs 100 crore as loans from Housing and Urban Development Cooperation in the proposed budget this year.

Branch Budget for 2011 2012 Budget 2013

General Administration R8.07 crore R7.30 crore Rs 7.97 crore
Octroi staff R15.25 crore R13.43 crore R16.17 crore
Licence fee R75 lakh 90 lakh R1.20 crore
Health R114 crore R97.91 crore R87.27 crore
Building R58.5 crore R61.4 crore R9.18 crore
Tehbazari R15 crore R12 crore R1.34 crore
Engineering Branch R41 crore R45.63 crore R40.58 crore
Library R1 crore R99 lakh R78 lakh
Light (street) R85.7 crore R92.2 crore R10.08 crore
Horticulture R21.75 crore R18.12 crore R20.43 crore
Fire brigade R2.95 crore R2.35 crore R2.60 crore
Police R3 crore R4.81 crore R3.90 crore

Head of account proposed budget for 2013-14
Octroi/Share of VAT Rs 315 crore
Octroi on electricity Rs 38 crore
Advertisement Tax Rs 4 crore
License fee u/s 343 Rs 1.30 crore
License fee vehicle Rs 35 lakh
Slaughter house fee Rs 4 lakh
Rent of MC property Rs 80 lakh
Tehbazari Rs 3 crore
Composition fee Rs 10 crore
Other miscellaneous income Rs 27.89 crore
Sale of property Rs 75 crore
Recovery of loan from employees Rs 60 lakh
Income of O&M cell Rs 35 crore
Additional excise duty Rs 20 crore
HUDCO Loans/loan from banks Rs 100 crore