Monday, September 1, 2008

Ratepayers owe council RM70mil, says mayor - Star

Sept 1, 2008

RATEPAYERS owe the Ipoh City Council RM70.6mil in arrears as of July, new Datuk Bandar Roshidi Hashim said.

He said RM53.1mil of the arrears was in unpaid assessment and 74,305 residential property owners owed the council a whopping RM24mil.

“Apart from home owners, 2,265 factories also owe the council RM3.2mil. From January to July this year, fewer than half of the ratepayers paid RM46.1mil in assessment,” he said after chairing his first council full board meeting after taking office as mayor on July 23.

Ratepayers who failed to settle their dues by yesterday risk getting Form E notices from the council.

“If defaulters still disregard the notices to pay up, then the council has to issue Form F whereby their assets will be confiscated,” he added.

During the debate session, councillor A. Ayyathurai suggested that the council cancelled the contracts of errant con-tractors engaged to cut grass at housing areas.

Roshidi said he would not tolerate contractors or subcontractors who did not accomplish their jobs as promised in their contracts.

Councillor M. Kulasegaran urged the council to encourage the use of solar and renewable energy as a long-term measure towards a cleaner environment.

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