The Municipal Commissioner of Agra Municipal Corporation [AMC] recently issued a notice to 12 tax officials as they failed to meet the target revenue collection from property tax and told them to achieve the set targets in next seven days.
The Agra Municipal Corporation is short of Rs. 12 crores as they aimed to collect Rs. 55 crore as a collection from the property tax. This is when only nine days are left in the closing of financial year for 2018-19.
The senior official has also sought records of major defaulters in the four civic zones.
In 2018, the Uttar Pradesh State Government directed the municipal corporations to become self-sufficient to fund by increasing revenue collection. The Agra Municipal Corporation should have collected Rs. 50 crore as the property tax collection by 15th March but they have collected Rs. 43 crore only till now.
Rakesh Jain, a councillor said that the property tax collection is being collected at a slow pace and mismanagement of the officials is the reason behind this. He also said that this year also the Agra Municipal Corporation is most likely to miss the target.
Arun Prakash, Municipal Corporation said that the tax department officials are warned of stringent action for negligence to recover house tax collection. We have sent notice to 12 officials for their slow collection of property tax.
All the officials are told to achieve their targets individually within the next seven days and a list of major defaulters is also being prepared as they will be asked to clear the outstanding due.
According to the sources, the officials will take stringent actions in case the tax defaulters fail to pay off the pending bills.
There are 1.80 lakh registered property owners in the city and merely 80,000 of them pay property tax on a regular basis.
In a city-wide survey, the authority found that a maximum number of hotels operating in the city are not registered with the municipal corporation and didn’t pay the property tax on commercial rates.