The Kochi Corporation invites tender for GIS mapping of the buildings in the city for a complete and accurate assessment of property tax owed to the local body, reported The Hindu.
Kochi’s Mayor M. Anil Kumar at a special council meeting convened on Friday to discuss the civic agency’s financial situation before the budget is presented on Saturday, said, “The property tax estimates are determined on the basis of the bill collectors’ handbooks. The estimates need to be clarified and a proper assessment done using a GIS-based system followed by verification on the ground.”
Kumar added, “The property tax demand for the current financial year is at an under-estimated figure of ₹71 crore, including arrears. Tax needs to be assessed systematically based on assessment registers and not the bill collectors’ handbooks.”
The news daily also reported that opposition councilors shot down a proposal to get GIS mapping done by the Uralungal Labor Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS). The society’s proposal had been presented before the previous council, which had shelved it. Fresh tenders will now be invited to execute the project.