With the financial year 2018-19 all set to close on March 31, the Agra Municipal Corporation is yet to recover Rs 5 crore house tax due from the defaulters. The notice has been sent to defaulters who have not paid the house tax from past many years. The civic officials will also be working on Sunday so as to recover the remaining amount.
According to the civic body officials, once the financial year will close, they will start legal proceedings against big defaulters such as marriage house, hotels, hospitals, guest house, etc.
The AMC officials further informed that the corporation has set a target to collect house tax of Rs 50 crore, of which 45 crores has already been recovered.
On carrying out efforts to recover the remaining dues, Arun Prakash, Municipal Commissioner, Agra said, “The officials are making all possible efforts to achieve the target assigned by the municipal board. After repeated notice, many defaulters have turned up and submitted the tax dues. Those who are still sleeping, they have been warned of legal action after March 31. Last year, we have collected around Rs 30 crore as house tax.”
A recent survey by the municipal corporation has revealed that out of 1.80 lakh registered property owners; only eighty thousand are regularly paying their property taxes.
The survey report also showed that around 500 hotels have not yet registered themselves with the civic body and hence are not paying tax at commercial rates.