The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has received poor response to its amnesty scheme for property tax defaulters that was in force from February 16 to 28.
According to an NMC official, as many as 4,831 defaulters have cleared their dues amounting to Rs 2.66 crore in the third phase of the amnesty scheme. As per the scheme, the civic body had waived 25% of the penalty amount on tax dues which is around Rs 5.75 lakh.
While the NMC has set the property tax collection target for the current financial year at Rs 150 crore, it has managed to collect only Rs 103 crore by February 28. The civic body has to collect another Rs 47 crore by March 31 to achieve the target.
During the same period last year, the NMC had collected a property tax amounting to Rs 135 crore. The NMC introduced amnesty scheme in three phases between November 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021 in a bid to increase the property tax collection.
A total of Rs 33.42 crore was collected from 55,209 defaulters in all the three phases with the maximum Rs 23.34 crore being collected in the first phase. Last year too the NMC had implemented an amnesty scheme and had collected Rs 45 crore from the property tax defaulters.