The rebate of 10% being offered by the municipal corporation (MC) on property tax seems to have failed to encourage the SAS Nagar residents, industrialists and also the government officials to make the payments. The MC has issued notices to about 10,000 defaulters, asking them to make the payment. The last day to make the payment with rebate is November 30.
While issuing the notices, the MC has warned that in case the defaulters fail to make the payments, their properties would be attached. Apart from government offices, there are about 100 defaulters in the industrial sector and 110 in the commercial sector.
SAS Nagar MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said, “Since 2013, we have collected `31 crore as tax but still majority of the commercial and industrial establishments have failed to pay the tax. The defaulters’ list includes the buildings tha thouse government offices. We have extended the last date to pay tax till November 30 to make it convenient.”
The defaulters include Punjab police, Punjab School Education Board, Punjab rural development and panchayat department, Punjab Mandi Board and also the DC complex (the old building of Punjab School Education Board), which houses the offices of SAS Nagar deputy commissioner, additional deputy commissioners, senior superintendent of police, superintendents of police, district transport officer, subdivisional magistrate and other senior administrative officials.
Sources said these departments have made no payment since the imposition of the property tax.
The total outstanding amount against these departments is said to be over Rs 3 crore.
“Notices are being sent to the defaulters (government departments). In case of further delay, next course of action will be initiated as per law,” Gupta added.
This year till date, the MC has collected Rs 9 crore as property tax. The tax collection in 2013 and 2014 was Rs 8.21 crore and Rs 12.65 crore, respectively.
Notice pasting being videographed
The MC officials are pasting notices outside the establishments and houses. The process is being videographed and also photographed so that the violators may not give excuses of not receiving notice.