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People urged to pay property tax

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BHADRAVATI, JULY 2. The Bhadravati City Municipal Council Commissioner, S. Basavaraju, has appealed to the people to pay property taxes immediately under the Self-Assessment Scheme.

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, he said that it had become difficult to run the day-to-day affairs of the CMC due to the due to non-payment of property tax and water taxes by the citizens.

He said that 12,000 illegal water connections had been detected and all of them had to be regularised within a month, failing which penal action would be initiated against the offenders by imposing a penalty of Rs. 5,000 for each of the connections.

He said that out of the Rs. 9 lakh which was to be collected as water taxes due from the consumers only Rs. 3 lakh had been collected so far. Regarding the house tax collections, he said out of a total of Rs. 95 lakh to be collected, only 50 per cent of it had been received.

He said that 90 per cent of dues were from traders with regard to trade licences. Shops and commercial establishments could pay their licence fees to the bill collectors and the licence would be issued to them at their doorsteps within a day, he said.

Those who had accumulated their tax arrears since 2002-03 could pay tax up to date without any penalty, he said.

The Manager, Civil engineers, and the civic staff were present on the occasion.

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