Friday, May 26, 2017

Citizens of Pune demand refund of property tax

Citizens are rallying behind an online petition started by Sujit Agarwal, a resident of Baner Pashan Link Road, who has appealed to Pune Municipal Corporation to refund the property tax collected over the years.



Citizens of Pune demand refund of property tax


According to Agarwal, the civic body has failed on all counts for which it is collecting the money , including roads, water, sanitation and even gardens, public spaces and tree cover.

The petition says -

Dear PMC Commissioner;

As property owners in Pune, we have been paying Property Tax for the last several years.

Despite the annual increases in the Property Tax claimed from us, we note that the services for which we pay tax are full of fault, imperfection, shortcoming or inadequacy in the quality, nature and manner of performance which is required to be maintained by the Municipal and other Acts. Particularly:

1. The 1987 Development Plan for the city has not been implemented to even 30%.

Less than 10% of the properties meant for Public Utilities and Open Spaces have been acquired and developed.

Particularly for our area; the main 120 feet Baner pashan link road which connects 2 important areas of Pune viz BANER and PASHAN is still not ready.

Not a single garden or playground exists for residents in our area.

This means that you have failed to discharge your duties and provide services paid for under the General tax (Sarv-sadharan kar).

2. None of the electoral wards in the city are free of tankers and bottled water.

Residents are paying several fold the Property Tax amount every year to have access to water for their daily needs and safe drinking water.

We have sent letters to you through society showing the amounts spent on Tankers by our society over several years and regular complaints have been made to water department to regularize the water supply. But there has been no action.

This means that you have failed to provide services you charge for under the head Water tax: (Paani-patti).


3. You have made it mandatory to take care of our own wet waste; which is a cost to us.

For our Dry waste a private agency, Swach, has been asked to charge us separately every month.

For garden waste we again have to pay for the pick up.

And the streets around us are all littered heavily.

This also highlights that you have failed to provide services paid for under Conservancy tax (Safai Kar) as well as under Swachata Tax on all services I use within the city.


4. You have reduced the tree cover in the city to less than 0.5 trees per capita.

This makes the air unbreathable, the temperatures soar high, the rain illusive and a loss of ability to recharge the groundwater costing the residents of the city dearly.

This also means that the services of protecting and preserving the trees as per the Tree Act of 1975 and Tree Plantation / Vriksha Sanwardhan Tax levied have not been provided by you.

The trees planted by us also are not provided the water care and cages; leading to their death


5. All the fresh water streams of the city and the rivers have been converted to sewers by laying sewage pipes in them and discharging sewage into them despite the Bombay High Court orders in 2012 to relocate the sewers outside the water bodies.

This has contaminated our surface and ground waters and spread disease and death.

This also means the you have failed to provide services paid for under Sewage water Tax.

Further:
Visit & Sign online petition: Pune property tax to be refunded as it's not in line with services offered:

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1) The tragic case of Baner Balewadi Flat Owners

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Impact of GST on Real Estate - 2.5 % more tax on maintenance charges

1) Under GST, the existing rate of 15.55% on maintenance charges will be replaced by 18%
2) Returns Need To Be Filed Monthly



Impact of GST on Real Estate - 2.5 % more tax on maintenance charges


Once the GST regime rolls in on July 1, apartment owners will have to pay about 2.5% additional tax on maintenance charges.

The tax is applicable on flat owners who pay a maintenance charge of above Rs 5,000, excluding property tax, stamp duty, and electricity and water charges.

Under GST, the existing rate of 15.55% on maintenance charges will be replaced by 18%.

The new rate is also applicable on housing societies that have an annual corpus or balance of more than Rs 20 lakh, again, excluding property tax, stamp duty, and electricity and water charges, and also maintenance charges gathered from apartment owners.

Read more at - GST means 2.5% more tax on a flat's maintenance charge

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1) Impact of GST - property prices may drop by up to 5 percent

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If you want my advice, feel free to call me on 919860044110.  First 3 minutes are free! And for more than 3 minutes - pay as you wish - you decide the value of my advice.

Of course, for a serious discussion, better fix an appointment at a time convenient to both of us. So that we can have uninterrupted & in depth discussion on my mobile (919860044110)
- on Video Hangout on Google+
- or on Skype (ravikarandeekar) .

For more than 3 minutes and up to 30 minutes - pay as you wish. After the conversation - transfer the money to my bank account. As much as you wish. From a few hundred to a few hundred thousand crore of U S Dollars or Indian Rupees. Here are my bank account details:

Ravindra Karandeekar,
Bank of Maharashtra.
Savings A/c no- 20047674794.
Branch- Bajirao Road Pune MICR Code 411014010.
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