Post-Pongal, the Corporation plans an enforcement drive against property tax defaulters.
What’s it about? Due to inadequate manpower in the civic body, property tax collection hasn’t increased in many zones. Hence, most of the 5 lakh assessees have delayed payments. Some have reported no increase in tax collections, and others have a 15% shortage. Usually, a single collector can handle an average of 3,000 assessees.
- The deadline ends next week. Following a Madras High Court order, the Corporation has plans for tax collection. They’re expected to collect ₹1,400 crores in 2022-23.
- The Corporation plans to increase awareness about property tax among residents. The court upheld the government order against a petition filed by 250 assessees challenging the property tax revision.
Assessing buildings: The Corporation has also started identifying properties wrongly assessed. Each assessor has been asked to identify at least five properties with tax assessment errors. More than 750 have been identified in the city daily. Private agencies will be hired to help with this.