SELAYANG Municipal Council (MPS) will cease issuing bills via post as it opts for electronic billing from next year.
Ratepayers will get their assessment bills via SMS and emails effective Jan 1, 2021.
Council president Shamsul Shahril Badliza Mohd Noor advised all property owners in the municipality to update their contact details such as mobile phone number and email address.
“They can do this by scanning the quick-response code that will be printed on this year’s second half assessment bill or by going to our website,” he said, adding that 30,592 property owners had updated their information to date.
Shamsul said the move was expected to save the council some RM500,000 annually in stamp cost.
“We found out that when bills were sent out via post, some do notreach the property owners.
“It is hoped that by going digital, the bills can be successfully delivered to the recipients,” he said.
Separately, Shamsul said MPS collected 74.6% of the assessment owed this year as of Aug 31, amounting to some RM80mil out of the total RM107mil.
“Reminders will be sent to those who have yet to pay their assessment and if they ignore that, the council will carry out seizure of items.
“We find that collection improves after reminders are sent out to ratepayers,” he said.
He revealed that 485 seizure of items were made this year on those who failed to pay their assessment tax by the deadlines given.
Meanwhile, RM4.13mil in accumulated arrears from the past 10 years had been collected out of the RM6.9mil total, said Shamsul.
“The assessment rate is reasonable but when ratepayers fail to pay up, there will be late payment penalty charges and that causes the amount to increase,” he said.
He also reminded all traffic offenders in the municipality to pay their compounds.
“A two-month campaign will start on Oct 15, during which MPS will offer a flat-rate of RM20 for each compound issued.
“Payments can be made at the MPS lobby counter and mobile counters at selected locations in the municipality,” he said.
For details on e-billing, visit https://digitalbil.mps.gov.my or www.mps.gov.my
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