The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation seek nod from the UT administration to increase the property tax rate by 10 percent for residential buildings and for the imposition of the same on commercial buildings that fall under 13 newly-added villages. However, the same proposal has been rejected by the general house.
As per the sources, the officials of the civic body had discussed the issue with the local bodies department of the UT administration and informed them about the developments that took place at the time of discussion on the same in the general house.
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has completed documentation on the same and will forward the file to UT administration in the coming week.
One of the senior officials said that the civic body has kept a substantial amount in its income generation category via property tax on both residential and commercial properties. It is very important for us to generate money via this route for development works. However, the property tax for the residential section also needs to be hiked as we have increased the tax rate for the commercial establishments recently.
The tax department of the Municipal Corporation started to conduct a survey in the newly-inducted 13 villages from Chandigarh administration. General house members have rejected the imposition of tax, arguing that no development plan was proposed for these villages and hence imposition of tax is not needed here.
The Municipal Commissioner said that the engineering department is preparing a developmental plan and the imposition of property tax here is required here as they are the part of Municipal Corporation’s jurisdiction and the amount for the same can be discussed.