Relief to citizens as Pune Municipal Corporation standing committee rejects 15% hike in property tax
Standing committee chairman Murlidhar Mohol said that all parties unanimously opposed the 15 per cent hike in the property tax.pune Updated: Feb 02, 2018 19:59 IST
Following opposition from members of various political parties, the standing committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Thursday denied the 15 per cent hike in property tax which was proposed by municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar.
Standing committee chairman Murlidhar Mohol said that all parties unanimously opposed the 15 per cent hike in the property tax. Standing committee asked the municipal administration to give priority to collecting dues from the defaulters instead of increasing taxes.
As the standing committee rejected the hike in property tax, the commissioner draft budget has now reduced by ₹130 crore.
Pune municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar recently presented the draft budget of estimate ₹5,397 crore for the year 2018-19. Kumar proposed a 15 per cent hike in property tax for the next fiscal.
With the recessionary market keeping the reality sector away from announcing any major projects, thereby not contributing much to the PMC revenue, the commissioner presented the budget which is ₹203 crore less as compared to the 2017-18 annual draft budget. This cutback estimate in the draft budget has not happened in the recent years.
As the standing committee rejected the 15 per cent hike in property tax, the figure further came down by ₹130 crore.
Ruling party was in favour of hike but city unit president asked to reject hike
The office-bearers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were in favour of giving the nod to the hike in the property tax. The commissioner had asked for a 15 per cent hike but the ruling party was in a mood to give a 10 per cent hike in property tax. Standing committee chairman Mohol had a dialogue with opposition parties and appealed to them to support the hike proposal before the meeting. As the elected members were in favour of giving nod to the hike, party city unit president Yogesh Gogawale intervened and asked the standing committee chairman to reject the hike completely.