Town residents do not pay their property taxes with enough regularity to ensure smooth functioning of government. Serious
cash flow problems are common among municipal governments, which tend to be concerned about political backlash if they got
tough about collecting taxes.
This college professor took leave from her job in 2007 to help the town of Gaibandha solve its tax revenue problem. She
recommended a new policy which made formal registration of a property deed contingent on keeping current with property tax
("holding tax") and water bill payments. The town council declared this to be the local law. The new policy reportedly
has been effective in Gaibandha. Other town governments are planning to replicate the approach.
She is standing next to a signboard that spells out the new policy.