The city-based activists said that the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) should refrain from increasing the water supply and property taxes. As per the sources, a Kolhapur-based activist suggested that there should be more focus on plugging the revenue losses caused due to lack of good management of water supply system and addition of untaxed properties in the tax net.
A team of activists met the civic chief Kadambari Balkawade and said that there should be no hike in any taxes in the budget. From several years, due to the opposition from the corporates, the water tax and property tax rates have been the same.
An activist, Baba Indulkar said “The citizens are already paying highest tax rates as compared to other cities. We demand the losses of all sorts must be plugged. For instance, there is a need to stop the leakages and water thefts to avoid unnecessary expenditure to run the system. In case of property tax, more number of properties are untaxed. Bringing such properties in tax net will help KCM increase its revenue.”
When the 2021-22 budget wasn’t finalized, the civic chief had asked people to share novel development ideas that can be included in to the budget.
Sanjay Sarnaik, the chief accountant of KMC said, “The tax hike idea is only up for discussions at the department level and there is no concrete proposal yet. The suggestions made by activists are been seriously considered to increase revenue.”