While the civic body penalises defaulters, it also wants to appreciate prompt payment. The Corporation had announced in its budget in February that it had plans to offer an incentive to those who paid taxes regularly. A proposal for this has been sent to the government for clearance. The officials say that the clearance may come only after the elections are over. The prompt payers will also get letters of appreciation from the Corporation.
Apart from this initiative, the Corporation proposes to target defaulters in phases in order to get the Rs. 57 crore arrears they have to pay as Property Tax. The city has 2,16,023 building owners and 36,589 of them have been identified as defaulters who owe this sum to the Corporation. Realising that its manpower gets too scattered across the city and therefore collection is not effective, the Corporation has re-worked its strategy and is going in for collection in phases.
In the first phase, it has identified 15,978 defaulters who have defaulted tax payment from 2002-2003. The Assistant Commissioners and other officials concerned with revenue collection will zero in on these defaulters spread across the four zones (see table). After achieving this target, the Corporation will move in on the defaulters who owe arrears over a longer period to the Corporation.