The Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC), on Monday, passed a surplus budget of Rs 7.23 crore for the financial year 2020- 2021.
After addressing the council, chairperson Ryan Braganza presented a surplus budget, wherein consolidated opening balance stands at Rs 33.11 crore, receipts for the year 2020-21 stand at Rs 79.72 crore and the total expenditure is Rs 72.49.
Following discussion, the surplus budget with a closing balance of Rs 40.34 crore was passed unanimously.
The total budget of the Mapusa Municipality is worth Rs 112.83 crore, including the opening balance.
The general receipts for 2020-21 have been estimated at Rs 31.38 crore, with capital receipts of Rs 43.74 crore and suspense receipts of Rs 4.60 crore.
However, the general payment for the year 2019-20 has been estimated at Rs 26.59 crore with capital payment of Rs 43.65 crore and suspense payment of Rs 2.25 crore.
The council, for the next financial year, has estimated an income of Rs 3.50 crore from houses and land tax, Rs 3 crore from imposition of house tax on illegal houses, Rs 1 crore from garbage fee from houses while Rs 10 lakh from market areas, Rs 4 crore in form of rent from buildings, shops, stalls, Rs 1.20 crore from market in form of sopo, Rs 3.50 crore in form of construction licence fees, and Rs 2.98 crore in form of transfer fees of flats, and shops.
While commenting on the budget, counillor Sandip Falari raised queries about the ‘recovery’ from notified area, house tax and said that “the council is lacking in following up issues and also in recovery which is indicated by the figures in the budget. This shows that there is no seriousness in implementation of council’s decision and recovery on either receipts or payments side.”
He also expressed unhappiness over the previous council’s provision for development of garden, which was around Rs 1 crore, and allocation for streetlighting infrastructure, which could not be fully utilised.
Councillors Rohan Kavlekar, Sudhir Kandolkar, Swapnil Shirodkar, Rajsingh Rane, and Tushar Tople raised issues of recovery, and auctioning of stalls.
It was pointed out that due to the lack of recovery, the council faces problem in undertaking development works as the major portion of the income is utilised for paying staff salary.