PMC proposes 8 pc hike in property tax

If the civic administration has its way, the residents of Pune will have to shell out more property tax. The Pune Municipal Corporation has proposed to hike the tax by 8 per cent from the next financial year.

In a proposal tabled in the standing committee, the civic administration said the expenditure on water supply and road development, besides maintenance work, had increased. "The hike is proposed taking into consideration the total expenditure on various developmental work," it added.

The standing committee will take a decision on the proposal on December 26 and send it to the general body for final approval. The civic administration has increased Rs 100 in each slab of property tax. The general tax is also increased by 1 per cent in every category, with a hike of 0.25 per cent in fire safety tax, 2 per cent in cleanliness tax, 1 per cent in water cess, 2 per cent for sewage treatment and 1 per cent in education cess.

"The total hike proposed is 8 per cent of the existing tax structure," said a civic officer, adding that the decision was inevitable because octroi collection, which was the main source of revenue for the PMC, would go from the next financial year to be replaced by the local body tax.

The officer said there was no clear idea yet on the collection from the local body tax, adding that property tax was the second largest contributor of revenue for the civic body.

The civic administration has not proposed any increase in taxes on multiplexes and theatres (both AC and non-AC) as the hike already proposed in 2009-10 is awaiting the state government's approval for implementation. The facility of rebate for those following eco-housing norms will continue for those implementing solar system, rainwater harvesting and vermicompost projects on their premises. Also, the discount for those paying tax by May 31 will continue.

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