The civic body has collected nearly 44% of the Rs 82.35 crore revenue as property tax in the first quarter of the 2017-18 fiscal through online means.
Speaking to TOI, the joint commissioner and the chief of the property tax department, Dilip Gawde, said, “If the response for online tax payment continues to grow, we will expect around 40% of the total annual property tax revenue through online means.”
Only 3,835 property owners had paid tax online worth Rs 2.11 crore (2.06%) in 2009-10. Since then, the number has steadily increased by 3% every year. Online payment of property tax reached 21.65% in 2016-17.
Gawde said, “Online payment will reduce the rush of taxpayers at cash counters in divisional and zonal offices of the department”.
He added that owners have to pay property tax for the first half of 2017-18 and arrears before September 30, failing which a penalty of two percent will be levied every month.
There are 4.5 lakh properties in the limits of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC). As many as 1.69 lakh property owners paid Rs 187.46 crore as property tax till June 30, 2017.