RM1.6bil expected from local councils next year

Ayub says local councils will not confiscate goods from ratepayers who have arrears.

JOHOR Government is projecting revenue collection of RM1.61bil collectively from all local councils next year.

State local government and housing committee chairman Ayub Jamil said the projection was made based on the expected increase in the number of ratepayers.

“Based on 2020 figures, four local authorities recorded revenue collection in excess of RM100mil, namely Johor Baru City Council with RM403mil, Iskandar Puteri City Council (RM271mil), Pasir Gudang City Council (RM174mil) and Kulai Municipal Council (RM111mil),” he said.

Ayub was replying to Tan Hong Pin (PH-Skudai), who asked about the projected revenue by local councils, during the state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar.

He said four other local councils recorded revenue collection of between RM50mil and RM100mil, namely Muar Municipal Council Batu Pahat Municipal Council, Kluang Municipal Council and Pengerang Municipal Council.

“Meanwhile, Pontian Municipal Council, Segamat Municipal Council, Tangkak District Council and Kota Tinggi District Council earned between RM20mil and RM50mil.

“For the remaining four local authorities, namely Yong Peng District Council, Labis District Council, Simpang Renggam District Council and Mersing District Council, the revenue collected was less than RM20mil,” he said.

Ayub said that to ease the burden on ratepayers, local authorities would not confiscate goods of property owners who had assessment arrears.

“Among other measures taken include waiving late payment fines.

“If there are local councils that have imposed such fines, the money will be returned in the form of rebates,” he said.

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