Abandoned lands in WPC to be taxed

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Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya has directed the authorities to charge a two per cent tax on the total value of the lands remaining abandoned in Western Province in keeping with the laws pertaining to such matters.

He told Daily Mirror that the owners of such land would be liable for this tax with effect from yesterday. He said these abandoned lands had become thriving dengue mosquito breeding sites.

“This tax is already outlined in the laws governing local bodies. It is not something that only the Western Province can implement, every provincial council can do so,” the CM said.

He said a large number of dengue breeding sites had been detected on abandoned lands as they were hardly maintained by its owners.

As of today officials will survey abandoned lands to gauge the current market value after which two percent of the value would be imposed as tax.

“The tax may may not be a one time payment,” the CM said and added that the authorities also had the power to acquire the land if the tax was not paid.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • NAF Monday, 10 July 2017 04:12 PM

    What about tax for stray dogs ?

    naradha Monday, 10 July 2017 04:31 PM

    Collect more taxes from public so that these goons buy more vehicle.

    dengu Monday, 10 July 2017 05:34 PM

    Lol

    Rhonda Taylor Monday, 10 July 2017 12:26 PM

    Excellent Idea. People purchase lands with the notion that the value will appreciate and it is a damn nuisance to the neighbourhood.Neglected lands where mosquitoes bread and also encourage others to dump garbage which is a health hazard and an eye sore in the vicinity.Crack the whip hard on these greedy hoarders

    Ajja Monday, 10 July 2017 12:42 PM

    Quite true...Very Good Move. Goa head....

    Neo Monday, 10 July 2017 12:58 PM

    good move, what would be the complaint hotline

    suresh Monday, 10 July 2017 01:04 PM

    what about the dengue breeding rounds created by CMC by not clearing household waste????

    lkboy Monday, 10 July 2017 02:03 PM

    Looks like a way for the government to earn some money. shame.

    Mo Monday, 10 July 2017 02:07 PM

    Construction of new house needs lot of money. Many young people do not have money. They buy land first and take time to save money for it. You always have foolish ideas. You went many foreign trip for finding solution for garbage problem. Spent tax payers money without any return. How can recover that money from you?

    Arnold Monday, 10 July 2017 03:00 PM

    If you cannot build on it, atleast plant trees or vegetables on it.

    ceylon Monday, 10 July 2017 03:23 PM

    many countries do this.japan do this.mid of tokyo multy billion doller lands have growing chilly and onions. via DM Android App


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