Buoyed by the record collection of Rs 401 crore property tax in the first two months of the current financial year,the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has now decided to launch a special drive against defaulters.
The civic body has been giving 10 per cent discount to those paying property tax within the first two months of the financial year. The early distribution of tax bills and the improved collection system resulted in an increase in tax collection. Last year around this time we collected Rs 275 crore but this year it crossed Rs 401 crore in the same period, said Hemant Nikam,tax assessment and collection officer,PMC
He said there has been a good response to the online payment facility as 60,000 tax payers deposited Rs 45 crore this year.
Nikam said the property tax collection target for the year is Rs 750 crore and the civic administration will work towards collecting the remaining amount in the next 10 months.
The civic body would not charge any penalty if the tax payers deposit the amount by June,after which a penalty of two per cent a month would be charged.
The civic administration,in a unique special drive,has decided to collect tax dues from defaulters by beating drums outside their houses to embarrass them until the payment is done. For this purpose,we will rope in seven musical bands. This will help us collect the remaining dues in the next 10 months, said Nikam.
He said the drive would be undertaken every Tuesday and Friday to identify the properties left out of tax ambit and every month a day would be dedicated to address queries of citizens.
The civic body will file cases against taxpayers whose cheques bounce and against properties that have failed to pay dues even after their sealing, he said.