MACHILIPATNAM: Property tax-defaulters have seriously dented the revenue of several civic bodies in the Krishna district and landed some of them in the red, according to sources.
Apprising Express of this here on Sunday, the sources said that though the municipal corporations and municipalities were making serious efforts to address the issue, recovery of tax dues had become a big challenge to their officials.
They said that the nine civic bodies of Krishna district were facing the problem of recovery of property tax dues running into several crores of rupees. And with the current Financial Year set to end in another 8 days, the property tax dues recovery was less than 70 per cent so far, they added.
The sources pointed out that of all the civic bodies, the Gudivada municipality stood at the top by collecting 79 per cent of the property tax collection target till date, followed by the Nuzvid municipality (73 per cent), Nandigama municipality (62 percent), Pedana municipality (52 per cent), Jaggaiahpet municipality (48 per cent), Tiruvuru municipality (43 per cent) and Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (51 percent).
They said that as the Machilipatnam and Jaggaiahpet municipalities were lagging behind in the collection of property taxes, Regional Joint Director of Municipal Administration and Urban Development Authority V Rajendra Prasad had warned their officials to give up their lethargic attitude and recover the property tax dues from the defaulters. However the warning had no effect on the officials, they added.
The sources said that most of the revenue staff who were supposed to collect the property taxes were engaged in the Aadhaar linkage to property tax assessments and voter IDs of the public, which was delaying the process.
Besides this, the people were also not showing interest to pay the property tax dues to the civic bodies as the government had not announced the annual waiver of interest on property tax dues, they said.
Meanwhile, Rajendra Prasad has issued strict orders to all the municipal commissioners in the district to complete the property tax collection by the end of this month or face stringent action.