Local council taxes set to rise by well over inflation next year

Social housing in Amsterdam. Photo: DutchNews.nl

Homeowners are likely to pay inflation busting increases in local taxes and other council fees next year, according to research by homeowners lobby group VEH

The VEH looked at 110 local authorities and their 2024 charges for property tax, waste disposal and waste water and found all were going up either at, or above the current rate of inflation of 4.2%.

Property taxes, which generate money to spend on council services are rising by an average of 5.5%, while waste collection will cost around 6% more and sewerage fees will go up by over 4.5%, the VEH said.

Official property values, by contrast, have risen by an average of 3.4% year on year. The WOZ value is based on the situation in January of the previous year and is used to calculate the basic local tax or ozb.

There are some extreme local variations, the VEH found. For example in Zeewolde and Heusden, the rubbish collection fee is going up more than 40% while Renkum and de Bilt are increasing their property tax by more than 20%.

The average amount paid in local taxes in the wealthy The Hague suburb of Wassenaar will be €1,503 next year, while in the Overijssel town of Rijssen-Holten, homeowners will pay an average of €651 for the same services. 

In total, home owners will pay an average of 5.8% more for council services next year. 

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