Debate over assessment rate for LRT station

The council charges RM500,000 a year for the station and depot but some councillors, like Chang Kim Loong, thinks it should be higher.

SUBANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) and its councillors are in disagreement over assessment rates imposed on the Putra Heights LRT station and its depot.

Currently, the council charges RM500,000 a year for the station and depot but councillor Chang Kim Loong thinks it should be higher.

The fee is based on old rates set by the Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH), so Chang thinks the council should impose higher assessment on LRT stations.

“A revaluation must be conducted to ensure we collect the maximum allowed by the law. We can start with the LRT Putra Heights station,” he said.

He said JPPH’s valuation of LRT stations was based on “cost of construction of building.”

“This is a ‘special building category’ and the law allows valuation based on ‘improved value basis’ of LRT stations to include the building, services and the lay-by near LRT lines, apart from electrical substations, the station and parking lot.

“It could be more than double or triple the amount if we use the special building formula. There are 18 LRT stations in MPSJ’s jurisdiction and we must be bold to set the precedence.”

He said the council had engaged an independent valuer to show them that it was possible to revaluate properties under the improved formula.

“Somehow JPPH has approved the old rates but for the sake of the council, we must try even if there will be objections from the operators,” he added.

MPSJ acting president Zulkurnain Che Ali said a new proposal would be given to JPPH for consideration.

On the oBike service, Zulkur-nain said the implementation needed improvements and MPSJ must set rules.

“The oBike is for our green campaign and we will help facilitate them but the service should change from stationless to a station-to-station service,” he said.

The service allows users to leave the bicycles at their stop point.

MPSJ councillor Pooi Weng Keong said this would mean that bicycles would be left at random stops and it might look messy.

“They must have a more structured system so that we can avoid future problems in terms of enforcement if bicycles are just abandoned,” he noted.

Zulkurnain said the council would hold a meeting with oBike (M) Sdn Bhd about the stationless system and look into the fee.

He added that councillors had requested the service be introduced in areas such as Seri Kembangan and Puchong.

The meeting also gave an update on dengue. There were 3,098 cases reported in Subang Jaya to-date, a 41% drop compared to the 5,290 cases reported in the same corresponding period last year.

There are 15 hotspots -- one in Subang Jaya, five in Seri Serdang, seven in Seri Kembangan and two in Kinrara.

The council advised those going away for the Hari Raya holidays to close up or discard all containers left outdoor.

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