The four urban local bodies (ULBs) in the district appear to have lagged behind in collecting property and water taxes.
Though seven months of the financial year 2013-14 have already elapsed, they have achieved just 48 per cent in tax collection.
As far as drinking water tax is concerned, despite having dues of Rs 60.58 lakh in Koppal City Municipal Council, Rs 60.42 lakh in Gangavati CMC, Rs 12.97 lakh in Kushtagi Town Municipal Council (TMC) and `8.47 lakh in Yelburga Town Panchayat (TP) in the past years, the ULBs are yet to collect water tax to the tune of Rs 2.68 crore for the current fiscal year, according to records available with Express.
Koppal CMC is yet to collect Rs 1.26 crore, Gangavati CMC - Rs 1.03 crore, Kushtagi TMC - Rs 23.37 lakh and Yelburga TP is yet to collect Rs 14.63 lakh.
Poor collection of taxes is attributed to inadequate and irregular supply of drinking water, official sources say.
The four ULBs have not achieved better performance in collection of property tax for the current financial year. While the Koppal CMC achieved 53 per cent collection, the remaining three ULBs have not even crossed 50 per cent. There was tax collection dues of about Rs 29.89 lakh in the four ULBs at the outset of the current fiscal year. Including the current fiscal year target, the Koppal CMC is supposed to collect Rs 1.40 crore. Yet, it could just collect Rs 74.58 lakh so far. Gangavati CMC, which is supposed to collect Rs 1.65 crore, including the due of Rs 9.97 lakh, has just collected Rs 77 lakh.