With the issue of recent draft notifications by Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation and Vijayawada Municipal Corporation changing property tax imposition rules are being opposed by the citizenry in both the cities. The imposition of property tax based on the annual rental income which is currently in vogue, is now being replaced by the capital value of the property.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, N Prakash Rao, president of Visakhapatnam Apartments Residents Welfare Association (VARWA) said that the general public is of the opinion that the new change leads to enhancement of tax many times over. Since the government revises the property values every year, property tax is also bound to increase every year. Also, the tax quantum will be unbearable to the poor people, apartment dwellers, small and medium traders and professionals,
Stating further, he said, as per the rule book, levying of property tax and provision of civil services fall under the jurisdiction of the local bodies. Amending the rules pertaining to imposition of property tax by state and central governments is nothing but grabbing the rights of the local bodies.” He even pointed out that 98 corporators have been elected by the people and among them, Mayor has been elected unanimously on March 18.
The general secretary of the VARWA BB Ganesh said that “Notification by the Commissioner ignoring the Council and Mayor is undemocratic and illegal and tantamount to insulting the elected body.” VARWA demanded the Commissioners of both the civic bodies to immediately withdraw the illegal and undemocratic notification leading to heavy burdens on the public. They now want the elected representatives to conduct a thorough discussion on these changes in the respective Councils and reject them in the interest of the people.