Mysore, Mar. 17 (SH)- Even as the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) machinery has launched tax collection drive to mop up arrears of property tax from owners in various categories to the Civic Body, the defaulters are learnt to be responding and paying the tax dues. The properties of many defaulters are also being seized after the drive was launched last week.

It is learnt that there are 2.04 lakh properties in city, out of which 1.91 lakh properties come under the Corporation's tax net. More than 60 per cent of the property owners are said to be defaulters, who include those who have not paid any tax until now. The total tax dues amount to Rs. 52.5 crore, sources in the Corporation have been quoted as saying.

K.S. Raikar, Commissioner, MCC, has issued notices to officials concerned and instructed them to intensity tax collection.

KSRTC, Public Works Department, Warehousing Corporation, Education Department, CESC and many other Government departments are said to be among the tax defaulters. The seizure of properties from their owners who are in default of tax payment is restricted to commercial establishments and not for the domestic properties.

The present tax collection drive will continue till Mar. 31 in order to mop up the dues for the year 2009-10. The drive will be resumed from the first week of April for collection of property tax applicable to 2010-11, the Commissioner said. A target of 90 to 95 per cent collection of outstanding dues of the current financial year has been set, he added.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore