THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council will reach out to the public through its mobile counter to collect assessment and other fees.
MPSP president Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif said the mobile counter housed in a new vehicle costing RM271,550 would accept payments in cash and via credit cards and cheques.
“Among the services offered are payments of assessment fees, parking summonses, utility bills, council properties rental, and applications for various licences, properties ownership changes and public complaints.
“The vehicle will be stationed at the Taman Chai Leng public market on the second Saturday and the Bagan Ajam market on the second Sunday from 8.30am to 12.30pm starting next month,” she told reporters after chairing a full council meeting at the MPSP headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam.
Maimunah said the vehicle would be fitted with CCTV cameras for the safety of the council staff members and also the public, adding that the previous mobile counter, which was housed in a modified bus, managed to collect RM2.1mil between 2010 and August this year.
Meanwhile, Maimunah also reminded ratepayers to settle their outstanding assessment dues.
She said the council would be knocking on the doors of defaulters to collect assessment arrears.
She said the operation, which would begin from Oct 10, would see council officers issuing warrants of arrest to those who failed to pay up the money.
“I urge owners of premises to settle their dues to avoid their movable properties from being seized and auctioned to off-set their arrears,” she said.
Maimunah said the owners could come to the council’s office in Bandar Perda or call 04-5497470/ 471 for further enquiries on their arrears amounts.
On a different matter, Maimunah said as a safety measure, it had been made compulsory from Sept 16 for all council employees to adopt the reverse parking method while parking their vehicles in the council’s premises.
“We also urge all ratepayers coming to our offices to practise this.
“It is necessary to enable smoother flow of vehicles within the car park areas of the council’s premises,” she said.
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