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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Pune Municipal Corporation gets together with postal dept for address verification

PUNE: Citizens who have not received property tax bills through post have been asked to contact the property tax department, the local ward office or post office for address verification.

"The civic administration has been receiving complaints about people not getting their property tax bills. This year, we handed over the billing system to the postal department, which has brought down the number of complaints. However, around 15,000 bills were still not delivered," Suhas Mapari, head of the PMC's property tax department, told TOI.

To verify such addresses, the property tax department has joined hands with the postal service, which will correct the postal addresses in the civic body's system and reduce bill delivery problems.

Mapari said that wrong addresses in the PMC's records was one of the reasons for the poor delivery and hence, the problem can be sorted out if the information are corrected. "Those who wish to make any corrections to their addresses can approach the nearby post office, ward office or the property tax department. They will have to fill a form with accurate details and these changes will be updated in the PMC's system," he said.

According to department officials, taxpayers will have to fill details such as name, flat or house number, landmark, pin code and area in the form.

Property tax is one of the main sources of revenue for the PMC. Income from this department has gathered significance with the state's plan to abolish local body tax, another important income source.

The city has 7.8 lakh properties on which the levy is charged. These include residential houses (self-occupied or rented out), office buildings, factory buildings, open plots, flats and shops.

As per PMC officials, the civic administration has been taking various initiatives to generate more income from property tax, with special emphasis on recovery of dues and reaching out to the maximum number of property holders. The department has also started sending bills to property owners via email and a special website has been developed to resolve property tax issues.