Imposition of house tax on cards
The nominated councillors, however, are now all set to prepare an agenda about the issue. The imposition of House Tax is a condition under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The UT Administration has over a period of time sent several reminders to the MC for the same.
Nominated councillor M P Kohli said, “We are preparing a proposal for imposition of House Tax. A small amount of tax could be imposed on the city residents so that the grants that are received under JNNURM are not stalled. It is for the development of the city that the agenda is being prepared.”
The agenda will require the consent of the Mayor. The present Mayor Subhash Chawla had earlier stated that no House Tax would be implemented this year. The nominated councillors had held a meeting with the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil a few days ago wherein they were asked to prepare this agenda.
The imposition of House Tax is a contentious issue which no elected councillor wants to support. It has been stated that instead of imposing new taxes, the civic body should ensure recovery of the existing taxes. Another bone of contention is that after the UT Administration asked the MC to impose tax
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