MBSJ moots collaboration in high-rise tax collection

Noraini says JMBs will be given only general information such as the total amount of assessment tax to be collected within a building, if the plan kicks off.

Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) is mooting a plan to collaborate with the joint management body (JMB) of high-rise residential buildings under MBSJ’s administration in an assessment tax collection programme.

The plan — which was tabled at MBSJ’s Finance Committee meeting and brought up at the city council’s full board meeting — offers JMBs token rewards for their assistance in the programme.

The token reward ranges from RM500 to RM3,000 for JMBs that are able to help collect 30% to more than 50% in assessment tax arrears.

The programme period is from August to October, with token rewards to be given in November and December.

The committee said any JMB interested in participating could submit their application to MBSJ’s Revenue Department.

During the virtual full board meeting, MBSJ councillor Thamilarusu Sandayan sought clarification on whether the programme entailed JMBs collecting money on behalf of the city council as well as the type of information the JMBs would have access to.

“The JMB does not collect money; they only disseminate information or send out reminders,” said Revenue Department director Sharifah Rohaida Abd Rahman.

“We will advise them to disseminate information through methods such as posters or maintenance fee bills (to remind residents that they have to pay their assessment taxes).

“The scope of work is very limited and it won’t involve going door to door or collecting money.”

Subang Jaya mayor Noraini Roslan said there was a plan previously for JMBs to assist MBSJ by dropping assessment tax bills into residents’ mailboxes.

“Because MBSJ no longer issues physical bills, the suggestion now is for JMBs to issue reminders instead, especially in buildings where there are large number of dwellers with arrears,” she said.

“For their efforts in the programme, MBSJ will reward participating JMBs with cash tokens.”

Noraini assured that JMBs would be given only general information, such as the total number of property owners and total amount to be collected in assessment tax within a building.

She reminded ratepayers that the payment deadline for the second term is Aug 31.

During the tabling of the Business Control Committee’s minutes of meeting, there was a debate on what MBSJ could do for temporary licence holders who had yet to renew their licences.

Councillors Lee Jen Uyin and Thamilarusu urged MBSJ to be lenient as not all were able to renew their licences on time either due to lockdown restrictions, inability to meet certain conditions or lacking IT skills in submitting online renewals.

“MBSJ agrees to grant some flexibility to temporary licence holders,” said Noraini.

“If there are certain conditions that they were unable to fulfil, those who hold a six-month licence will be given another six-month temporary extension to their licence,” she added.

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