Rourkela residents oppose holding tax hike

Rourkela: Residents of the steel city are a distraught lot after the Rourkela Municipal Corporation hiked the holding tax. Earlier, the residents of the city had demanded discussions on the increase in holding tax. They even alleged that the move by the Municipal Commissioner to hike the tax was illegal in the absence of the elected council members of the corporation, sources added.

A meeting organised at the Municipal library hall to address the grievances of the tax payers today yielded no results after it was called off amidst uproar.

“We have raised objections against the hike in holding tax which was done without proper consideration. The grievances have been put up before the Commissioner. If the situation is not resolved soon, the residents of the city might launch an agitation,” said Satya Sharma, a resident of Rourkela.

On the other hand, the Municipal Commissioner said that public hearing will be held in each ward from January 21 onwards to listen to the grievances of the residents. He said that while the residential house owners will be allowed to declare the holding status, re-assessment of holding will be done for the houses used for commercial purposes.

“According to the Corporation manual, re-assessment of holding tax can be made if the nature of holding has changed. Last year re-assessment survey was conducted and fresh demand notice was issued to the residents. Against this, we received 320 grievance applications, for which meeting was held today,” Rourkela Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Rashmita Panda said.