Coimbatore Corporation urged to explore ways to improve tax collection

Civic body holds pre-budget meeting with representatives of civil society and industry bodies

Civic body holds pre-budget meeting with representatives of civil society and industry bodies

As the city’s 2022-23 budget is approaching, the Coimbatore Corporation held a meeting a few days ago with some representatives of civil society and industry bodies to hear their suggestions.

Representatives from Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Coimbatore, Young Indians, Confederation of Indian Industry – Coimbatore Chapter, Coimbatore Residents Outreach Association, Racing Association and from the neighborhood and environmental NGO Osai attended the meeting, Corporation sources said.

It was not a one-time meeting, but the first in a series of meetings the Society would hold before releasing the budget, the sources said. Other meetings would include representatives of people from all walks of life and advisers.

Before calling for suggestions, officials from the various wings of the Corporation made a presentation – engineers spoke about work in progress, planning officers spoke about building plan approvals, reserved sites, officials from the revenue wing spoke about tax collections and others about progress. in their respective fields.

More importantly, according to the sources, the senior officials explained the financial situation of the Company by highlighting the liabilities.

Representatives from industry associations asked the Society not to recommend a property tax hike as they were only now emerging from the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown. They did, however, understand the Society’s financial situation. They therefore want the Company to focus on improving the collection of taxes, including vacant property tax, business tax and water charges.

J. Sathish, co-secretary of the Coimbatore Residents Awareness Association, said he told officials to explore paid parking spaces in the city. This would not only lead to rationalization of parking, but also serve as a source of income.

Similarly, the Company should consider levying entry fees on reservoirs developed under the Smart Cities mission, requiring subsidies from the state government, and negotiating interest relief on loans it has. contracted.

K. Kalidasan, president of Osai, said his organization’s suggestions include efforts to green reserved sites with consideration for environmental organizations and resident welfare associations, improving green coverage in the 100 neighborhoods, an annual report on the city’s environment and a better allocation for the environment. preservation.

At the end of the annual exercise, the Society should present a status report that would show residents how far the city has progressed or regressed on various environmental metrics, he added.

Consumer activist Kathirmathiyon said The Hindu that the undervaluation of shops and markets was a problem the civic body should address to increase revenue. He should look at assets from which he made less than the market and those whose user and lessee or lessee were not the same.

Raising property taxes is no longer an option, he said, adding that there should be parity in the hike between cities, however.

Luisa D. Fuller