Innovative Resource Mobilisation Practices- A Case of Urban Local Bodies in Tamil Nadu

Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in India often face the pressure of inadequate resources to meet recurring expenditure and investment needs for core urban civic services. However, these authorities are making concerted efforts to enhance their resource base through a series of reforms at local levels. Several ULBs in Tamil Nadu is making rapid strides in resource mobilisation and capacity building at local levels by implementing accrual accounting systems, enabling regular revision of property taxes, facilitating public-private partnerships, offering incentives for better collection efficiencies, training on various Municipal aspects etc. This study highlights salient features of the innovative resource mobilisation practices and findings in respect to ten selected urban local bodies of Tamil Nadu based on- public participation through beneficiaries contribution, property tax rate enhancement, cost reduction, levy of new user charges and other practices.