After the rise in administrative cost from 29% to 38% during Covid pandemic, Municipal Commissioner Kailas Jadhav on November 22 directed the civic officials to focus on increasing property and water tax collection.
Jadhav also directed the officials to conduct surveys and bring the properties that are without Building and Construction Certificate (BCC) under the tax net.
The revenue of Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), through various taxes in the first half of the current financial year, has declined by Rs 300 crore. The NMC had expected Rs 1,050 crore revenue during the first half, but could collect only Rs 750 crore.
Moreover, the NMC had set a target of collecting Rs 450 crore revenue through various taxes of the town planning department for the current financial year, but so far managed to collect only Rs 90 crore.
The NMC could not do better on the property and water tax fronts as well. While the NMC had set a target of Rs 160 crore property tax collection for 2021-22, it could collect only Rs 87 crore so far despite introducing an amnesty scheme for the defaulters.
An NMC official said the civic chief has directed to bring new properties that are under utilisation sans BCCs under the tax ambit.
“Jadhav has directed the civic officials to conduct surveys across six divisions and find out such properties. The civic body has already brought 20,000 such properties under the tax net and collected Rs 24 crore revenue including dues of last two-three years,” the civic official said.
Apart from this, the water tax collection has also been affected with the civic body managing to collect only Rs 25 crore from the set target of Rs 150 crore. “The municipal commissioner has also directed us to visit the houses of the big water tax defaulters with dues over Rs 25,000,” the official said. The higher administrative cost has made the civic administration worried as it won’t be able to make recruitments on the vacant posts. As per rule, the NMC can recruit new or contractual employees only if the administrative cost is below 35%.
Tushar Pawar, TNN, Nashik