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Plans by Arona council to raise the annual property tax (IBI) by 18 per cent have been slammed as “abusive” by the opposition. The corporation’s Finance Committee approved a proposal to increase the rate to 0.59 per cent of the property’s rateable value and the measure is almost certain to receive the formal green light at the next full council meeting.
Paco García Santamaría said his party wasn’t consulted on the proposals 24.11.2007
- Opposition councillor Paco García Santamaría criticised the move, which will raise an estimated 3.6 million euros for the municipal coffers, on the grounds that households and businesses in the town are in no position to dig deeper into their pockets due to the effect of interest rate rises on mortgages and the fall in tourist revenue.
“‘There are no cash-flow problems in Arona at present and therefore no need either for the IBI increase or the planned rise in the annual refuse collection charge, which the mayor wants to increase by 25 per cent” insisted García, who complained that his party was not even consulted on the proposals.