Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, February 13
The Property Tax Department is taking action against defaulters who have not paid their tax. Today, action was taken against 10 properties in the Kala Sanghian Road and Ghas Mandi road areas. The properties were sealed and the pending amount was recovered from the defaulters.
As the financial year is coming to an end, the MC has started a drive and trying to meet the target of recovery of Rs 40 crore from property tax. Till now, the department has recovered Rs 26.5 crore.
Till mid-January, Rs 24.5 crore was recovered, however, officials have now claimed that Rs 2 crore more had been recovered in the past month.
In the Budget 2020, the MC has set a target of Rs 40 crore as revenue from property tax. Last year also, the target was Rs 40 crore, but it could only recover Rs 28 crore.
Inspectors of the wing are visiting various areas to recover property tax and defaulters who have not paid the tax are served notices under Section 112 of the Municipal Corporation Act to which the latter have to give a reply within three days, failing which another notice of sealing of property is served under Section 138 of the Municipal Corporation Act.
Once the property is sealed, it is handed over to the owner after payment is made.
Yesterday, a meeting of the property tax ad hoc committee was held where the chairman of the committee asked officials to tell everyone about the one-time settlement policy under which those persons who had failed to deposit the house tax or property tax may deposit the principal amount in lump sum with a rebate at the rate of 10 per cent of the amount, being deposited within a period of three months from the date of issue of the order as a one-time settlement.
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