Assessment hike planned for Kajang

Najmuddin says with assessment increase, MPKj will be able to serve residents better.

ASSESSMENT for properties in Kajang may go up, subject to the state’s approval, from Jan 1, 2023.At a full board meeting, Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) president Najmuddin Jemain said the tax adjustment proposal was being drafted.

He said assessment increase was necessary because MPKj was relying on the property valuation rate fixed in 1985.

The rate was last amended in 2005 as the base to calculate assessment tax.

“The new assessment will be calculated based on the estimated annual rental value of the property,” he said.

Najmuddin said MPKj spent RM144.8mil per year, on average, for maintenance works between 2016 and 2018 which translated to RM396,681 per day.

He said 80% or 297,798 properties in the municipality were residential units that yielded an estimated RM67mil in assessment collection, a year.

“On average, each unit is charged 62sen per day or RM225.10 a year, which is much lower than the average RM1.33 a day spent by MPKj for maintenance works.

“So, even if the rate is increased by 25%, a standard terrace house will only pay 80sen, which is still much lower compared to MPKJ’s daily maintenance cost.

“I hope with the adjustment and increase in assessment, MPKj will be able to serve residents better,” he said, adding that properties in other categories would also see a hike in taxes.

Najmuddin said MPKj collected RM107mil in assessment annually and depended on non-tax revenue from business licence fee, rental of premises and compounds to provide services to ratepayers.

“Over RM60mil was spent on general cleaning, and the cost is expected to increase due to increasing management cost.

“I hope all property owners will settle their assessment bills promptly to avoid MPKj from confiscating their belongings,” he said.

He requested the councillors’ help to remind residents that MPKj had stopped issuing assessment bills as of this year and they could visit for details and to make payment.

Najmuddin said the increase in income would help MPKj in its application for city status.

“MPKj has fulfilled all the criteria needed for city status and has made its proposal to the state and Housing and Local Government Ministry for consideration and approval,” he said.

With regard to dengue, Najmuddin said from January to Nov 20, there were 3,978 cases and zero fatalities in the Hulu Langat district — a 56% decrease compared to the same corresponding period last year where 9,051 cases and three deaths were recorded.

In the Kajang municipality, 3,008 cases were reported with no fatalities, he said.

In the operation against illegal dumping, Najmuddin said five lorries were confiscated in Taman Pusara, Cheras with eight compounds issued this month ending Nov 24.

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