Full Council has approved a specific modification to by-laws governing four taxes with the aim of combatting pollution, backing local commerce and safeguarding rights to basic utilities for families at risk of social exclusion.
The four taxes which Full Council approved modifications for are:
Reduction to commercial property tax limits
In an effort to boost local commerce, IBI property tax limits for commerce have been dropped from 10% to 7% for premises with cadastral values up to 60,000 euros, and from 20% to 14% for premises with values over 60,000 euros. The measure was approved with favourable votes from the groups making up the municipal government, ERC, Cs and the independent councillor, while the Grup Municipal Demòcrata and the PP abstained and the CUP voted against the measure.
Road tax discounts for the least polluting vehicles
The modification to road tax (IVTM) has also been approved, meaning discounts for vehicles which pollute the least, according to the new labelling system by the Directorate General for Traffic (DGT). Discounts are set at 75% for zero emissions or ECO vehicles and 25% for type C vehicles or fuel or bioethanol powered vehicles emitting up to 120 g/km of CO2. The measure was approved unanimously.
Water treatment tax exemption for vulnerable families
People in situations of energy poverty will be exempt from paying water treatment tax and those families with debts corresponding to the tax will have them written off. Barcelona thus becomes the first Catalan municipality to apply the energy poverty act to this particular tax. The measure was approved unanimously by Full Council.
Parking tax during pollution episodes
During pollution episodes, parking prices for blue areas and green areas (non-residents) will increase by 2 euros an hour, except for ECO and zero emissions vehicles. The measure was approved with favourable votes from the municipal government, ERC, CUP and the independent councillor, while the Grup Municipal Demòcrata abstained and Cs and the PP voted against it.
If no claims are sustained during the 30 day public scrutiny period, the modifications will be definitively approved.