Dutch municipalities reject local tax freeze

31st March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Dutch local authorities say they need the money obtained from the increase in local taxes for projects which will help ease effects of the economic downturn.

THE NETHERLANDS – The VNG (Association of Netherlands Municipalities) is rejecting a government’s proposal of freezing local taxes over the next few years as a way to combat the economic crisis.

Members of the VNG said the money obtained from the increase in taxes is needed to invest in projects such as renewing sewages, which would in turn help ease the effects of the economic downturn.

Last week, the government proposed to freeze local taxes as part of the measures to deal with the economic downturn.

The local authorities said the coalition accord is not detailed and called for clarification.

The VNG also maintained local taxes have not been rising as sharply as those imposed by central government.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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