Collecting commercial property tax in new wards a challenge for MCD
Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ recently announced that commercial property tax will be collected from the businesses and properties in the 40 wards brought recently under the purview of the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD). However, implementing this will not be easy. As per the direction by the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, no taxes would be collected from the new wards for a period of 10 years but the order did not mention anything specifically about collection of property from commercial properties in the newly added 40 wards at all.
As per the sources it was stated that the orders of the CM did not mention anything regarding collection of property tax from commercial properties. In addition to this, MCD has limited number of employees in the tax department to check and keep a record of such commercial properties. Also, the tax department does not have complete data about the property tax payers in the older 60 wards. Considering this, collecting data of such commercial properties in the newly added 40 wards will be a challenge for the MCD.
Along with this the facilities given by the MCD in the newly added 40 wards are not up to the mark. The door to door garbage collection, proper sanitation in the localities, changing of sodium bulb of street lights to LED bulbs and repairing of the street lights is not being done properly.
The announcement made by the mayor is good for increasing the revenue income of the MCD. However, collection of the data by the MCD, facilitating and improving the services of the MCD in these areas and convincing private firms or property owners to pay tax remain major challenges for the municipal corporation.
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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