How is management of municipal finances related to economic growth and productive employment in urban India?
This book identifies Indian municipalities as among the weakest globally in terms of access to resources, revenue-raising capacity and fiscal autonomy. Advocating reforms in these sectors, it discusses the lack of clarity, consistency, adequacy and predictability in municipal taxation, user charging, inter-governmental transfers and development financing as key factors plaguing city finances.
Topical and up-to-date, the book brings out the need to align particular types of revenues to particular categories of expenditure so that services can be delivered in a responsive, transparent and accountable manner.
Prasanna K. Mohanty is Chair Professor of Economics at the University of Hyderabad and also Honorary Executive Chair at the National Institute of Urban Management and Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad. An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, Dr Mohanty retired as Chief Secretary to the Government of Andhra Pradesh in June 2014. He was earlier Mission Director, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, Government of India, and Municipal Commissioner of Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad metropolitan cities. He has a PhD in Economics from Boston University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow, Economics, in Harvard University. He has authored Cities and Public Policy: An Urban Agenda for India (2014) and edited Urbanisation in India: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward (2014), both published by SAGE Publications.
Preface Overview India's Urban Fiscal Problem A Portfolio of Municipal Taxes Taxation of Urban Land Value Reforming the Property Tax User Charges, Benefit Charges and Fees Intergovernmental Transfers to Municipalities Development Financing Instruments Value Creation, Capture and Recycling Conclusion: An Agenda for Reforms Bibliography Index