No water for tax defaulters

Elected representatives hindering tax collection, officials allege

Noting that several establishments in the city have not paid property tax, despite several notices, the Standing Committee on Finance and Taxation of the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) decided to disconnect water supply of such establishments, here, on Monday.

Meanwhile, officials complained that elected representatives were favouring defaulters in some cases, asking them not to collect property tax.

Speaking at a meeting of the committee, member B M Nataraj said, there is no point in issuing more notices to establishments which have failed to pay taxes. “Officials should start disconnecting water supply to establishments and houses. If the MCC refuses to provide them water, all dues will be paid by defaulters. If the move does not yield results, drainage connection should be removed,” he said.

The committee instructed the officials concerned to prioritise commercial establishments while collecting property taxes, as dues of such establishments was more compared to houses.

A list of all convention halls, commercial complexes, malls and petrol bunks should be made on a priority. Connection of establishments which owe more than Rs 50,000, should be cut, the committee ordered. Member of the committee Girish Prasad said, works across the city is hampered as contractors are yet to receive payment. He said, while the MCC claims of not having enough funds to clear the dues of contractors, it has not bothered to collect tax worth crores, for years.

It was revealed, during the meeting, that the MCC had to collect water bills amounting Rs 111 crore and property tax totalling Rs 28 crore.

MCC PRO M V Sudha complained that elected representatives were siding with the tax defaulters, when officials approach the establishment to collect dues. “On one hand, there is pressure to collect pending taxes by elected representatives. On the other, some elected representatives urge us to give relaxation to a few establishments,” she said.

Nataraj, who rubbished the allegation, said, it was an excuse to shield the failure of the officials.

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