Many property owners were shocked to receive notices from the authorities directing them to pay an additional amount towards the property tax.
Tax-payers to pay
“I have been promptly paying property tax every year. Now I have got a notice from the BBMP revenue inspector directing me to pay Rs 42,593 (including 2 percent interest) differential amount towards the property tax,’’ said Rathna S, a property owner from Binny Mill Layout 2nd Stage, Marenahalli.
Rathna said that she did not receive any information from the BBMP revenue department on reclassification of the area where she owns the property.
“I have been paying the property tax on time to the BBMP. Is it not the BBMP revenue officers’ responsibility to inform me about the zonal reclassifications? How and why did they accept the property tax paid by me from 2016-17 to till date? They should have either informed me or refused to accept the property tax paid by me if they found the amount is lesser than it should be,’’ she said.
It was same with K Ramalingam of Akshay Nagar in Ramamurthy Nagar in east Bengaluru. He was asked by the BBMP to pay the differential amount Rs 5,849 for four years.
The BBMP Revenue Department prepared the notices on February 23, 2021, and issued it to around 78 property owners directing them to pay the differential amount based on the zonal reclassification. The present zonal classification under Unit area Value method is divided into six zones from A to F.
Former mayor PR Ramesh described the demand notices issued by the BBMP Revenue Department as illegal.
There is confusion among owners on zone classification due to lack of transparency. It will be a burden for them to pay the arrears, interest and penalty –Gangambike Mallikarjun, ex-mayor
Ramesh asked what authority the BBMP Revenue Department had to issue such notices as the BBMP can only assess or reassess the property tax within three years of assessment of property tax as per the Sub Section 14 of the Section 108 of Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act 1976. “The BBMP is issuing the notices to property owners after four years though the norm is to issue it within 30 days as per the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act 1976,’’ said Ramesh.
Former mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun said the BBMP Revenue Department is not collecting property tax as per the Municipal Corporations Act. “There is confusion among the property owners on classification of zones due to lack of transparency. It will be a burden on the property owners to pay the arrears of property tax along with interest and penalty,’’ said Mallikarjun.
KPCC working president and BTM Layout MLA Ramalinga Reddy said the BBMP has also failed to classify zones in the city as per the norms. “The BBMP’s decision to direct the property owners to pay arrears, interest and penalty is illegal. It must withdraw this notification,’’ said Reddy.