BELAGAVI: The Belagavi City Corporation (BCC) decided to increase property tax by 15% and passed a resolution to this effect in the council meeting on Wednesday. Councilors from both the ruling and the opposition parties, who feared that the state government may supersede the council in the event of failure to revise property tax rates, did not object to the move.
Earlier, the council meeting was adjourned twice. However, fearing action from the government, the council decided to revise property tax by 15%. The government had already issued a show cause notice to the mayor regarding failure in administration and was waiting for a reason to supersede the BCC as the mayor and the deputy mayor had participated in the Black Day rally on Rajyotsava Day.
After the meeting began, Ramesh Sontakki, Deepak Jamkhandi and other opposition members urged mayor Sarita Patil and deputy mayor Sanjay Shinde not to indulge in anti-state activities. They condemned their participation in the Black Day rally and demanded their resignation. However, ruling group leader Pandhari Parab defended the mayor saying that in the Constitution everyone has the right to protest.
Mayor too defended her act and moved on to discuss property tax revision. Finance Committee chairman Ratan Masekar urged the mayor to revise property tax by 15% as per the KMC Act 109(A) as it had not been done since 2014. Councilor Deepak Jamkhandi asked the mayor to stop imposing unscientific vehicle cess on people. Without much discussion it was decided to revise the property tax by 15% which will be applicable from March, 2014 to April 31, 2017. This means the public have to pay retrospective tax for the past three years. The council also decided to give 15% rebate on residential property and 5% rebate on commercial property from February to May.
There was commotion once again after the meeting as the opposition party members did not allow mayor Sarita Patil to leave BCC office. They demanded her resignation for having participated in the Black Day.
Credits ET Realty