Keep it simple: Property tax bill easier to decode
THANE: The property tax bill issued by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC)will be much more easy to understand now onwards, as the administration has simplified the format for its nearly 4.2lakh consumers.
The civic bureaucracy has split up the bill, making it easier for the consumer to understand the exact quantum of taxes paid for water usage, tree cess, sanitation cess, etc. The new billing will also classify the property along with details of rateable value of the property and the time since the assessment has started to the exact volume of tax increased in a particular sector.
The new format has already been implemented and the new bill format has been dispatched to the consumers starting this month. The process, says the administration will not only simplify the process for the consumer, but certain contact information sought by them will also help the TMC stay connected with the payers in future reminding them of pending bills to ensure timely payments.
An initiative of deputy municipal commissioner Omprakash Divte and additional commissioner Sunil Chavan, the new forms can be filled by both legal and illegal property owners henceforth. The new format also has details of previous bills cleared and suggests tax sops that can be availed by the consumer if he pays his dues on time.
“Many times, residents are confused over the classification of their property and its rateable value, which often led to errors. However, now we have included a segment wherein the payer will know the exact status of the taxes to be paid and for how much area as per the classification done by the administration,” informs Divte.
In addition, the administration will also be able to reach property owners who don’t stay in the city but will be alerted via emails, SMS about the status of their respective bills payments. Sources said nearly 20% of the bills never reached house owners on time as many had either moved away from the city or their address wasn’t updated in the civic records. This also affected the revenue earnings, said officials.
“The new format involves e-alerts about bills so residents who stay away from Thane can also be alerted of their pending bill payment schedules and can either do so manually or electronically,” said an official.
“We have tied up with post department to dispatch these bills who will alert us in case any of the bills remain undelivered,” he said.