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Corporation widens tax net

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The Hindu            15.10.2013

Corporation widens tax net

Coimbatore Corporation’s financial report card for the first half of this fiscal ending September 30 looks good.. The property tax collection has improved and so have the dangerous and offensive trade licence collection, and vacant land tax.

According to Commissioner G. Latha, the property tax collection, a major source of income for the civic body, had already crossed 50 per cent for the current financial year. Starting April 2013 there had been a gradual increase in the tax collection after she had asked the bill collectors to collect arrears and bring in new assessments.

After a series of meetings with officials in all the five zones, she had fixed targets for the bill collectors. Those who had performed poorly were pulled up and asked to pull up their socks. As a result, the collection had increased by more than 10 per cent — the average growth rate in revenue for local bodies.

Likewise, the collection under the dangerous and offensive license had also gone up after she had asked the sanitary inspectors to widen the license net by bring in at least one new assessee a ward a day.

Deputy Commissioner S. Sivarasu said that following the instruction the sanitary inspectors had managed to increase the number of assessments by 111 on October 10, 91 on October 09. And for other days the number was more or less the same.

Ms. Latha said that the Corporation had accessed the list of industries available with the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, Coimbatore, to identify those business and industrial establishments that were outside the D & O license net to serve ‘e-notices’ on them.

The number of notices thus far issued had crossed 10,000, she said and added that as when the business and industrial establishments respond and then comply, the collection would further go up.

Recently the Corporation increased the number of trades covered under the D & O license by more than 85. Mr. Sivarasu said the Corporation was also keen on improving the vacant land tax collection.

 

Nellai Corporation to raise water tax

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The Hindu               22.08.2013

Nellai Corporation to raise water tax

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Bowing to pressure from Frankfurt-based public sector bank

Amid dissenting voices raised by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Congress councillors, the Corporation council has resolved to accept the terms and conditions laid down by a German bank willing to partly fund a Rs 230 crore drinking water project. Among the conditions was a stipulation to raise the deposit for drinking water connections as well as water tariff.

The Frankfurt-based public sector bank, KfW, is ready to extend a loan of Rs 69 crore towards the project provided its conditions are met. The cash-starved Corporation will likely raise the monthly water tax from Rs. 100 to Rs. 200 and the deposit from the existing Rs. 6,500 to Rs. 10,000 per domestic connection. The deposit in the case of commercial connections will be Rs. 20,000.

During a power- point presentation at the council meeting here on Wednesday, Executive Engineer V. Narayanan Nair said the population, which stands at 4.75 lakh, is projected to be 4.95 lakh in 2014, 5.92 lakh in 2029 and 6.88 lakh in 2044. The Corporation, which was getting 55 million litres of drinking water a day (MLD) against the actual requirement of 67.11 MLD, was able to supply only 116 litres per day per person against the stipulated quantity of 135 litres, a shortfall of 50 million litres a day. The situation would be worse when the supply dwindles to 30 MLD.

The proposed drinking water project envisages drawing water from the Ariyanayagipuram check-dam, located at the confluence of the Tamirabharani, Manimuthar and Gadana rivers. A water treatment plant will be constructed on the Kamaraj Corporation Higher Secondary School premises at Pettai.

“Above all, the existing drinking water network will be integrated with the proposed new scheme so that the supply to every part of the Corporation will be effective,” Mr. Nair said. He estimated the cost per 1,000 litres of water supplied to the residents would be Rs. 11.52 under the new project.

Mayor Vijila Sathyananth said Rs. 69 crore (30 per cent of the total project cost) would be obtained from KfW as loan and Rs. 92 crore (40 per cent of the project cost) would be the grant released by the Integrated Urban Development Mission. The German bank will also sanction a subsidy of Rs. 46 crore (20 per cent of the total cost) in addition to the Rs 69 crore loan. The remaining 10 per cent of the project cost of Rs. 23 crore would be borne by the Corporation.

“We’ll have to bear the annual recurring expenditure of Rs. 11 crore for maintaining and operating the new scheme. Therefore, the upward revision of drinking water tax and deposit is unavoidable,” said Ms. Vijila amid protests by opposition councillors.

The council passed the resolution for an upward revision of deposits and water tax.

 

Irregularities found in property tax assessment

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The Hindu        10.06.2013

Irregularities found in property tax assessment

Four bill collectors placed under suspension

The Erode Corporation has unearthed large-scale irregularities in the property tax assessment carried out in a few parts of the town and launched a detailed probe. It has also suspended four bill collectors for the alleged irregularities.

The civic body found violation of norms in the assessment carried out for more than 200 new properties that came up in Surampatty and Kasipalayam areas during the annual auditing.

It was said that the bill collectors in these areas fixed a tax for the properties arbitrarily without consulting the senior officials and taking their approval for the assessment. Sources alleged that low amount of tax was fixed for a number of new properties that came up in the last few months. A high amount of tax was imposed for some of the properties.

The bill collectors had also issued assessment orders to the owners of the new buildings without getting the approval and signature from the assistant commissioners of the respective zones.

In the preliminary inquiry carried out by the civic body, officials confirmed the irregularities committed by the bill collectors and submitted a detailed report to Corporation Commissioner M. Vijayalakshmi. Based on the report, the civic body placed four bill collectors - Gurusamy, Subramani, Krishnan and Ramasamy – under suspension. “We have also initiated a departmental inquiry,” a senior official here said.

Teams comprising senior officials were also sent to more than 200 properties and a fresh assessment was carried out. The civic body had also initiated steps to re-assess the new buildings that came in Erode town limits in the recent years.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 07:42
 


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