The Belgaum city Municipal Corporation Committee was established on 1 st December 1851. Now the same is called as Belagavi City corporation under the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976.
Belgaum city Municipal Corporation was the first committee to be constituted among the then Municipal Committee of Bombay Karnataka.
As early as 1851 covering a population of 23,115 and having an income of 35.460. (The Bombay Municipal Corporation was established in 1872).
This was followed by Nippani in 1854, Hubli(now Hubballi) in 1855 and Dharwad in 1856 subsequently Municipalities were constituted under the Bombay District Municipalities Act of 1901. There were Borough Municipalities with wider powers under the Bombay Borough Municipalities Act 1925.
During the ten years ending 1901, the income of Belgaum Corporation averaged about Rs. 5o,ooo. In 1903-4 the income was Rs. 54,500, chiefly derived from Octroi (Rs. 22,000), conservancy rates (Rs. 9,o00), and taxes on houses and land (Rs. 4,600). Expenditure amounted to Rs. 50,000, including general administration (Rs. 6,400), public safety (Rs. 2,300), conservancy (Rs. 15,900), public works (Rs. 4,000), and public instruction (Rs. 9,9oo). The average receipts of the cantonment funds are Rs. 25,000.
Source: Gazetteer Karnataka, Bombay and Sangli, IJSR – C. M. Munnoli