The issue of imposition of house tax was raised by the UT Administration with the Municipal Corporation (MC) at meetings held today. While the Mayor was asked about the imposition of the house tax during a meeting of the Co-ordination Committee,the UT Administrator Shivraj Patil has also asked for a reminder letter to be sent to the Municipal Corporation.
The councillors of the civic body had vehemently opposed the issue of imposing house tax during the recent meeting of the General House. During a presentation to the Administrator about the budget of the civic body and projects,officials were reminded about imposition of the house tax. Earlier in the day,the UT Advisor asked the Mayor and the officials who were attending the meeting of the Coordination Committee about non-imposition of house tx.
The Administration has sent several letters to the Municipal Corporation about the need for imposing a house tax. The letters were presented at the meeting of the House.
The letters stated that the city would lose grants of Rs 400 crore from the Centre under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). A number of projects in the city have been undertaken with funds from JNNURM.
The Second Delhi Finance Commission had also recommended that the MC raise its resources through imposition of house tax. The issue has repeatedly been raised by the Administration in meetings with the civic body. The UT Administrator Shivraj Patil had earlier asked the Mayor for the same.
The move has been opposed by the councillors across party lines who contend that there were sufficient funds with the civic body without imposition of the taxes. The suggestion to increase the tax on commercial property has also been opposed. In case of refusal of the Municipal Corporation for imposing the tax,it is within the power of the UT Administration to impose the same without the consent of the House of the Municipal Corporation.