Ruling group boycotts BCC meeting

BELAGAVI: To oppose the government order to enhance property tax and to prevent the civic body from being superseded by the state government, members of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES), a ruling group, boycotted the special meeting of Belagavi City Corporation (BCC) headed by mayor Sarita Patil on Saturday.
The meeting commenced with discussions relating to income generation from properties owned by the civic body and those with expired lease periods. Former mayor Kiran Sanayak questioned BCC officials over the action initiated against lessees of over 119 properties, the lease period of which expired long back. A few days earlier, BCC commissioner Shashidhar Kurer was directed by the state government to enhance property tax if the civic body did not want to be superseded for violating the order Work Reveal.
Meanwhile, counselor Sanjay Savvaseri said, instead of enhancing property tax, BCC should concentrate on enhancing revenue through its own properties and with 100% property tax collection. “BCC property tax collection stands at mere 50%. If 100% tax collection is ensured, it would get Rs 50 crore revenue from property tax segment,” he said. “The civic body is losing crores of revenue from leased properties. The officials are hand-in-glove with the lessees,” he alleged.
Ramesh Sontakki and Deepak Jamakhandi, both members of an opposition group, demanded an end to the leased property issues immediately. Mayor Sarita Patil asked BCC officials to clear their locus standi on leased properties of the corporation as it is repeatedly raking its meetings.

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