Pay more for watching film, eating out
CBD BELAPUR: Get ready to pay more if you own hotels, restaurants, sweet marts, salons, spas, beauty parlours and other such establishments.
You will also have to more at the movies. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has increased the licence fee for the establishments and show tax for moviegoers by a whopping 500%.
The commissioner has rebuffed the standing committee corporators who asked for a reduced hike citing business losses stating that ease of government and not licence fee matter in business.
The NMMC has hiked the licence fee under Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act section 376.
Shiv Sena corporator MK Madhvi said, “We understand that the civic body needs to augment its coffers. However, the hike, five times the original fee is very steep. We request the commissioner to reduce it.”
House leader Jaywant Sutar said, “The administration should look to include as many professions as it can to tax. However, the increase should be limited as it would adversely affect the businesses in the city.”
Corporator Shubhangi Patil asked for special concessions for beauty parlours as women were involved in running them.
Stating that the increase has been well thought out, municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe said, “We have considered all aspects and the hike has been proposed after proper rationalisation and taking into consideration the prevailing rates in the neighbouring municipal corporations.”
He added, “Fact is that it should all be a part of property tax but that is not the case in Navi Mumbai and hence we have to have separate head for it.”
Mundhe said: “Giving discounts will not help. It is ease of business that matters. No business will shut down due to hike in the fee. Debating whether the hike should be 2% or 10% does not make sense. Often the cost of collection is higher than the tax collected.”