pmc: Pmc extends exemption plan for property tax defaulters | Pune News

Pune: The civic body’s standing committee decided on Tuesday to extend the amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters for another month.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had introduced the amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters. A 75% waiver of the penalty will be granted to violators if they pay the levy under this initiative. Any owner whose contributions amount to Rs1crore can participate in this initiative. At the time of its introduction, commercial properties could benefit from the scheme, but the proposal was revised before its implementation and only residential properties can now benefit from it.
“There was a request from property taxpayers to give more time to take advantage of the scheme. So the decision has been made,” said Hemant Rasane, the chairman of the standing committee.
The civic data showed that the civic areas have 12 lakh properties, which are taxable. The PMC has around 4.5 lakh property tax defaulters. Among them, about 1.5 lakh have paid their dues. Since its introduction on January 7, approximately 17,000 defaulters have participated in the initiative.
The civic body had earned Rs485 crore through the amnesty scheme in the last financial year. The PMC is expected to derive roughly the same amount of revenue from this program.
The program faced opposition from a group of elected officials and civic activists. They had demanded measures to avoid misuse of this regime.
In other decisions, the standing committee also decided to purchase medicines and other health-related facilities. They will be used for the urban health program. Rs2crore will be diverted from other civic works to effect supply.
Nearly Rs59lakh will be diverted for construction of educational institutions for backward class students. They can prepare for competitions through this centre.

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