Corporators oppose plan to hike property tax

The corporators opposed the proposal of the Taxes, Appeals and Finance Standing Committee for a hike in property tax from 15% to 30% with effect from April, during the Council meeting of the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), here, on Tuesday.

Committee chairman K V Mallesh tabled the proposal, citing the Karnataka Municipal Act, 1976. P Devaraju, J S Jagdish, and P Prashant opposed it. Devaraju said, the hike in tax would be a burden on the citizens. “If the tax is increased by 15%, the effective increase per Rs 1 lakh will be Rs 15,000 more for the people. The tax on commercial properties can be hiked instead,” he said.

The councillors took exception to the works on Kannada Bhavan and a swimming pool in JP Nagar without bringing it to the notice of the council in former mayor B L Bhyrappa’s ward. Members of the JD(S), to which Bhyrappa has crossed over from the KJP -  R Lingappa, Kempanna and Sandesh Swamy - alleged that the rules have been violated in the works.

“It was earlier decided to drop the construction of the Kannada Bhavan near Puttaraja Gawai Stadium in JP Nagar in the Council meeting,” they pointed out. Bhyrappa said the bhavan was not being constructed on the stadium land, but a separate land adjoining the stadium. “As almost 70% of the work has been completed and there in no question of backtracking,” he said. MCC Commissioner G Jagadish said the work cannot be stopped at this stage. Hence Mayor M J Ravikumar directed the commissioner to complete the works with suitable modifications.

Councillors Prashant and Jagadish staged a dharna, claiming that the work on the Bahusar swimming pool on N S Road in the city has not been launched even after four months of conducting the ground breaking ceremony. They said that the commissioner was not providing information to the councillors. The members protested when the councillors said that there was no need to answer all their queries. Deputy Mayor Rathna Lakshman was present.

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