The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has decided that property tax matters from now will be handled at the wards itself, instead of the headquarters at Khanderao Market. The significant decision aims to provide citizens ease on various issues related to municipal property tax.
The civic body already facilitated payment and verification of assessment of property tax at its ward offices. But, if a person had objections to the assessment of his property, and wanted to change its possession or purpose of use besides alterations in the property or for construction of new property, he had to visit the assessment department at Khanderao Market.
In an attempt to reduce that burden on the citizens, it has decided to decentralise its assessment department. Citizens will not have to visit the VMC headquarters any more and will be able to do resolve issues related to property tax in the office of the administrative ward where the property is located.
The new system will become applicable from the current financial year itself. It has transferred four appellate officers, nine assessment officers, nine head clerks, 11 junior clerks and 20 peons to ward offices to ensure that the new system kicks off smoothly. They will report to the assistant municipal commissioner and other officials at the ward level.