Pay your arrears or be served with a seizure warrant

Are you staying in Section 51A, Petaling Jaya, PJS and PJU sections, Pusat Bandar Damansara area or PJU 6A and have yet to pay your council assessment rates?

If you haven't done so, city council officers may serve you a seizure warrant this weekend.

A total of 1,822 warrants from the five city areas are being served as part of a campaign by the Petaling Jaya City Council to get delinquent ratepayers to pay up their assessment rates.

This operation to collect arrears from ratepayers will kick off this Saturday, beginning in PJS 1/52, and run in two phases - the first until the end of September, and from late October until the end of 2015.

Council deputy mayor Johari Anuar said the amount of arrears from these five areas was about RM2.97mil.

“Some property owners have not been paying their assessment rates for about 10 years,” Johari added.

The reasons given by property owners for not paying the rates, he explained, usually revolved around the council not giving adequate service in terms of waste collection, or poor roads and street lighting.

“We have checked, and although the services they listed are supposed to be provided by the local joint management body, we still provide these services,” said Johari.

Council Finance Department assistant accountant Zey Iskandar Mohd Jalil said a 20-strong task force, headed by him, would carry out the enforcement actions.

“What we will do is to enter the property and seize any moveable items of value until they meet the amount owed to the council, as we are empowered to do so under the Local Government Act 1976,” said Johari.

However, this time council officers are also bringing one of their EZ-Pay machines, so residents can settle their arrears on the spot without having their property seized.

Previously, the council had carried out similar campaigns in 2010 and 2011, collecting a total of RM342,630.08.

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