Impose house tax: Patil tells Mayor
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The sword of House Tax once again hangs over the heads of city residents with Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil firmly asking the Mayor for its imposition Wednesday. Patil has stated that in case the MC does not take a decision on the issue and the Administration directly imposes it, then the rates would be higher.
Mayor Subhash Chawla, senior deputy Mayor Rana Kashmiri Devi and deputy Mayor Satish Kainth met Patil Wednesday for the first time after taking over office. Imposition of House Tax is one of the conditions of getting grants under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
The Mayor, who had after getting elected announced that no new taxes would be imposed in his tenure, told Patil that decision on the issue will be taken by the MC House.
Patil, while emphasising imposition of the tax told the elected representatives that for the city to expand and develop, more funds are required. He stated that for future growth of the city, it would be required to take this step.
Chawla said: "The Administrator asked us for imposition of House Tax. He explained that we should not be scared of what voters would say. Some harsh steps need to be taken. A decision on this will have to be taken by the MC House once the issue comes up for discussion. Opinion of all the councillors will be sought. He has also assured that more powers will be given to the civic body."
The Administrator reportedly told the Mayor that in case the MC keeps delaying the issue and Administration is forced to impose tax directly, then the rates would be as per the officials. These could be higher than what would be imposed if the civic body decides on its own.
An agenda for imposing House Tax has been prepared by the nominated councillors following a meeting with Patil. This was brought to the House during the meeting held in January. However, it could not come up for discussion as the meeting was adjourned following a ruckus.