In a relief to residents, Jalandhar municipal corporation has decided that property tax payers who have objections and queries over the calculation can directly write to the local bodies secretary about their problem.
Councillor Ravi Mahendru raised the issue during the zero hour of the House. "There are many property tax payers who are not happy with the classification of the corporation for the calculation of property tax."
The state government introduced a new property tax regime for fiscal 2014-15 in January. Following the new notification, the MCJ classified the areas under A, B and C category as per which the property tax was to be calculated.
According to the MCJ classification, the category A was meant for the most developed areas, B for well-to-do areas and C for backward areas. Residents objected to this classification as many areas which are not well developed had been classified under A or B category.
Earlier, as the period for submitting property tax was less, the MCJ was not taking any objection regarding the issue raised by the residents.
Replying to Mahendru's query, commissioner Gurpreet Khehra, said, "Residents can raise their objection with the secretary local bodies by writing an application directly or approach the secretary local bodies through the municipal corporation, Jalandhar."
He, however, clarified that the decision to bring in amendments to the new regime lay solely with the state government and it was up to them to decide on objections raised.
Interestingly, there is also a point of view with the officialdom that the new system has been a hit with the residents as Rs 3.38 lakh has been collected towards property tax for 2015-16. Of this, Rs 75,000 has been deposited online and around Rs 2.63 lakh has been deposited through the various centres, opened for this purpose by the MCJ.
Commissioner Khehra added that the civic body had earned Rs 16 crore as property tax from 45,000 residents of the city and development had been boosted.
"The total number of tax payers in the city is around 1.5 lakh. If everyone participated in paying taxes, it would be a huge benefit for the MCJ and would help in carrying development works. I have asked councillors to start camps in their respective wards and motivate residents to pay property tax," added Khehra.
According to the MCJ classification, category A was meant for the most developed areas, B for well-to-do areas and C for backward areas.
Residents objected to this classification as many areas which were not-well-developed had been classified under A or B category
Residents can raise their objection with the secretary local bodies by writing an application directly or approach the secretary local bodies through the Jalandhar municipal corporation.
Gurpreet Khehra, MC commissioner