MAPUSA: Mapusa Municipal Council, this year, again has set new bench mark in the collection of various taxes – it collected a revenue of around Rs 31.43 crore for the financial year 2017-18.
During the last financial year, the council had collected tax revenue of around Rs 21.06 crore.
Under the supervision of chief officer Clen Madeira and account-cum-administrative officer Bhanudas Naik, a special team was formed, comprising recovery officer Rajan Phadte, municipal inspector Vikas Kambli and other municipal staff, who were given the task of serving notices and then subsequently doing follow-ups so that the tax defaulters pay arrears to the council.
This year, a series of special drives to recover house tax, rent, board and signage fee, trade licence fee and mobile tower licence fee were undertaken by the council so that more revenue could be brought to the municipal treasury.
The chief officer was closely monitoring the functioning of the special recovery team on a daily basis.
The council, which is known for its good tax recovery, this year has managed to collect a revenue of around Rs 31, 43, 28,206 crore which includes house tax of Rs 3.03 crore.
There has been a garbage fee collection of Rs 80.41 lakh from the households and Rs 5.30 lakh from the market area. Similarly, the council has recovered a revenue in form of rent from shops and others to the tune of Rs 2.87 crore this year, which was Rs 2.60 crore last year.
Around Rs 1.35 crore was collected in form of sopo by the council. Around Rs 42.49 lakh was collected in form of tax on trades and professions and Rs 20.32 lakh was collected in form of advertisement tax, which has increased by approximately by Rs 7 lakh.
Rs 1,00,700 was collected in form of hoarding tax. The council has also collected around Rs 7.78 lakh inform of tax on fairs.
The council has collected a revenue of Rs 11.63 lakh in form of tax on mobile towers and Rs 8.52 lakh fee from pay parking.
The council could collect more than Rs 3.17 crore as construction licence fee and has earned Rs 20.46 lakh in form of fee for transfer of shops and flats and others.
Commenting on hurdles in the recovery of the house tax, Madeira said, “We face difficulties as several flats in the jurisdiction are closed and we have no record of the owners.”
“We are in the process of issuing notices to all the builders and housing societies in the municipal jurisdiction to furnish details of flat owners in their buildings,” he added.