Friday 05 March 2021

Local taxes rise by an average of 4.4%, Amsterdam seeks to claw back lost tourist income

Rubbish collection is paid for by local taxes. Photo: DutchNews.nl

Local government taxes are set to rise by an average of 4.4% this year, as councils seek to generate €11.3bn, according to new figures from national statistics office CBS.

But there are sharp differences depending on where you live. In Overbetuwe in Gelderland, for example, the council plans on spending 21% more this year, but in the Noord Brabant town of Vught the budget is being cut by over 15%.

Charges for waste collection and cleaning are rising by an average of 10%, the biggest increase in 26 years, as councils themselves face higher rubbish disposal fees. Rubbish collection charges account for 19% of the local authority budget.

Rising property values are also having an impact on property taxes, which are going up by an average 5.8%, the biggest increase since 2004.

In Amsterdam, property taxes will rise by 22%, as the city seeks to recuperate income lost because of the downturn in tourism and parking fees. Property taxes account for around 40% of local authority income.

Local property taxes total an average of €1,162 per person in the capital, compared with €633 in The Hague, the CBS figures show.

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