The Greater Chennai Corporation is likely to get affected from the Enforcement of the Election Commission’s model code of conduct that is laid down as the general assembly election 2019 is approaching.
The corporation has diminished tax collection from residential areas and also directed the officials to not bind the city residents for the payment of tax. In Ambattur, the officials also decided to collect the property tax from the residential property owners post elections.
According to the sources, a couple of RWAs [Resident Welfare Association] met with the Municipal Corporation and said that the property tax in Ambattur is high in comparison to other zones.
M Paranthaman, zonal officer of Ambattur zone informed that a representation was given to the rural and municipal administration minister, S P Velumani, and the same was forwarded to us. He further said that the corporation will collect tax from commercial establishments. Also, the corporation will not force the city residents to pay tax now as many of them raised concerns. The corporation will inspect their properties and will check the appeals before sending notice to pay tax will be issued later.
According to the officials, the Corporation has carried out a collection of 35 percent as there are 1.10 lakh assessments in the Ambattur. In other zones, 40 percent tax collection is done. However, the election work is being seen as the reason for slow collection of property tax.
R Lalitha, Deputy Commissioner Revenue, said that we have not stopped the collection of property tax as we have collected nearly Rs. 850 crore till now and are expecting to cross Rs. 1,000 crore by the end of this month.
Two days back, the assistant commissioner confirmed that the corporation has received instructions to correct the anomaly and to collect taxes after the elections. All officials are engaged in the election work the issue of property tax collection will be taken up once the elections are over.
Out of 2,000 there are over 50,000 pending appeals from Ambattur to the Corporation.