Mangaluru: City land price hikes trigger steep rise in property taxes

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Mar 1: The government's recent increases in city land prices by 50%, 100%, and even 200% have led to a corresponding surge in self-declared property taxes, ballooning eight to tenfold.

Leena Lasrado, owner of a 12-cent plot on Fifth Cross of M G Road, was startled to find her property tax jump from Rs 848 in 2022-23 to Rs 7227 for fiscal year 2023-24, despite having only a compound wall and no building or connecting road. She has petitioned the mayor for resolution.

Similarly, relatives of former Udupi MP Srinivasa Mallya, owning a house near Car Street Mukhyaprana Temple, saw their property tax spike from Rs 8476 to Rs 40000 for the same period, prompting them to bring the issue to the mayor's attention.

With a standard rule of a 3% annual increase in self-declared property tax, citizens now face a seven to eightfold tax burden due to the government's valuation adjustments.

In Mangaluru, residents are eager to prepay property taxes for fiscal year 2024-25, as discussed in the Mangaluru City Corporation's (MCC) general body meeting on January 31. The objective is to manage tax increments responsibly, ensuring it does not overly burden the public.

Mayor Sudhir Shetty Kannur stated, "While we initially intended a 3% property tax increase, the MCC commissioner has mandated collections based on revised government rates. We will convene with all 60 ward members to address this matter, ensuring fairness to the public."

Although instructions were issued in 2023-24 to collect property tax based on revised market rates, the mayor's recent directive to pre-collect taxes for 2024-25 without considering revised rates contrasts with the MCC commissioner's order to adhere to the updated market values.





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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    We only hope Land Prices & Property Tax are Correlated ...

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    When the alcohol prices were raised nobody complained. Why complain about property tax raise? Even BESCOM wants its fair share and is asking for price increase. You cannot have free electricity and free bus ride as well as lower alcohol and property prices. If you have cheered the free schemes, better get ready to cheer this also. Day light robbery and net losers are the voters who voted for Siddu and his cornies.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai -Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    Real estate tax being compared to an addictive substance like alcohol sounds very very ridiculous, rather nonsensical!!

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    BJP's Pettha gobernment should not loot 40% commissions from the citizens tax paid money. That's the reason Karnataka people have named BJP as Brhasta Jumla Paapies.

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    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    I don't understand their logic. In my area nanthoor, There are no proper street lights ,no footpath and drains along the main road (bikarnakatte to nanthoor junction to KPT), and the waste collection people do not come to my house in spite of paying a hefty tax. There is garbage strewn alongside the roads near bikarnakatte and stray dogs waiting to bite you when you jog in the mornings. The highway cuts through the city but the mangalore corporation does not seem to care .They are busy concreting lanes and not bothering to cover the drains at the sides of these concreted roads. See the bus stands. See the plight of school going children who have no foothpaths to walk on. Horrible state of affairs

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    Dear VMD, MANGALORE, Those issues were there and will be after umpteen cycles of property tax increase. Not just tax, some additional cess was also collected. You keep complaining if you have some connection, then that work may be contracted to some useful contractor. Then on, you have to just hope that work gets done.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai -Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    Very unrealistic tax increase in a small city where there is a big oversupply of land and appartments already, many more under construction; without commensurate development of basic infrastructure like potable water, electric supply, sewerage system, public transportation, good job opportunities etc........very very mysterious as to who is buying properties unless otherwise for end use!!

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    If the guidance value of land goes up ( and it should- to reduce black moneyin real estate),the tax rates can be lowered so that there is minimal extra burden on people.

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  • Yogi, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    When the guidance value for property goes up, there is a corresponding increase in tax based upon that value. If that is the case , then where was the need to increase the guidance value overnight ? To speak plainly, the government has emptied its coffers

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  • Kiran, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    Owning a property in the city is not worth. Already city has high price for land & Apartments, if the government increases the prices of land, can anyone afford to buy land & Apartments at that cost?

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  • Sanjay, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    Looks like all corrupt officers and politicians have taken this decision. The property tax should not get raised to thix extent. You cannot kill people by raising the property tax. They should Protest with this Government

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  • Yogi, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    The unfair and the unscientific property tax valuations are only intended to fill the ever empty coffers of the government treasury. So , citizens , gird up your loins.

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  • Mbeary, Dxb

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    All artificial rise in prices. There is hardly any return on investment especially in flats in mangalore

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    There should be proper study of land area in Mangalore. I think before fixing the property prices , govt should consult the local panchayat and people. 80 percent of Mangalore is built on slopes. There is 50 percent price difference for plain land and slope area. There are no proper roads , drainage or proper water supply to hill areas. Govt is charging road tax, underground drainage, water , separately. Now within 2 years property tax increased 10 times. Iast year we paid 7000 for 10 cent. Previous year it was only Rs.900. This year there is again increase.

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  • Sainik, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    Government and Builders are responsible for the destruction of greenary and peace everywhere. Both are partners in looting public. Imagine how big fools they have made out of common people, 4 brick walls of 1000 sqft costs 60lakhs + in mangalore. Property tax you pay for your property is a loot

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