Venlo town council plans to make foreign seasonal workers pay tourist taxes because they make use of local provisions without paying for them, local television station L1 reports.
People who stay in hotels or campsites have to pay the daily tourist tax, but now the council wants to extend it to farms where seasonal workers live on site.
‘These people use things which we all pay for – roads, waste disposal, the police etc but do not pay for them,’ the Telegraaf quotes local council official Jos Teeuwen as saying.
Local farmers and market gardeners are opposed to the plan. ‘These people bring money to the city by spending it,’ a spokesman for the local farmers association LLTB said. The LLTB now wants to hold talks with the council on the plan.