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Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng Mei Sze speaks during the motion to discuss the royal speech by the Sultan of Selangor, at the State Legislative Assembly in Shah Alam, on March 14, 2023. — Picture by AHMAD ZAKKI JILAN/SELANGORKINI

Selangor local councils to submit upgrade plans once new tax hike enforced

By Siti Rohaizah Zainal

SUBANG JAYA, June 21 — Selangor local authorities in Selangor are urged to prepare a report on plans to improve public facilities and service delivery once their new assessment tax rates come into effect in January next year.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng Mei Sze said this an important step to ensure residents are aware of enhancements made after rates are hiked.

“Local authorities must have detailed plans. For example, within 100 days of the tax increase, what are five things that will be implemented?

“I suggest the state government unify the narrative on this matter, and local authorities provide reports on plans to be implemented in their respective areas,” she said when met today.

Her comment comes in light of reports that local authorities conducted land assessment exercises in preparation for the rate hike.

The twelve local councils in Selangor have not raised rates for vacant land, housing, factories and business lots in between 18 and 39 years.

The Kajang Municipal Council has not raised rates since 1985, the Kuala Langat Municipal Council since 1987, and the Selayang Municipal Council since 1992.

The Subang Jaya City Council has not hiked rates since 1992 for the Subang Jaya and Bandar Sunway areas, and since 1996 for the USJ, Puchong, Seri Kembangan and Serdang areas.

The rates under the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council and Kuala Selangor Municipal Council jurisdictions, meanwhile, have been the same since 1997, while Hulu Selangor Municipal Council has not conducted a review since 1996.

Shah Alam City Council, which governs the state capital, has not increased assessment rates since 2006.

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