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Cities plan big tax increases to fill empty coffers

The Local · 18 Oct 2010, 10:15

Published: 18 Oct 2010 10:15 GMT+02:00

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Cities have been warning for months that they won’t be able to cover the rising costs of social benefits and other services in the wake of the country’s worst financial crisis since World War II if the federal government doesn’t step in to help.

Now they have resorted to tacking on extra fees and taxes for residents to make ends meet, daily Bild reported.

Many already plan to introduce the increases in 2011 for property taxes, public transportation, waste collection, street cleaning, and cemetery maintenance, among other things.

In Munich the dog ownership tax will double, while the Hessian city of Korbach will see waste collection fees jump by 50 percent, and swimming hall prices in the Rhineland city of Eschweiler will go up by half, the paper reported.

DStGB head Gerd Landsberg encouraged the federal and state governments to lend a hand.

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“Here we need to finally have a turn for the better. Otherwise communities will be incapacitated,” he told the paper.


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10:38 October 18, 2010 by auniquecorn
So!, Whats new about this?
11:22 October 18, 2010 by veritas_69
Typical. Instead of reducing spending, just raise taxes. Of course, spending will go up to meet the new amounts of taxpayer monies flowing in...which will result in the Socialists having to raise taxes again.
11:27 October 18, 2010 by Clapoti
Same kind of news every week... it's just another tax increase news. I love how the German government thinks.
12:55 October 18, 2010 by DinhoPilot
DAMN just as I was planning to move back...

Oh well another cut in the wallet!
13:36 October 18, 2010 by freechoice
beware of the speed traps!! i see plenty of those nowadays...
14:50 October 18, 2010 by moistvelvet
"beware of the speed traps!! i see plenty of those nowadays..."

You would think so, but in the UK they have actually stopped using them in order to save money.

How about they just stop those needless roadworks!
19:08 October 18, 2010 by Bushdiver
Well, here comes another bend over and open wide gift from the government. Can this country not find other ways to save money? All this country's solutions to every problem is to raise taxes or create new taxes and we all know that once a tax is implemented in Germany it's there for good. Of course no one will protest at all against this. Germans have no balls to protest against something that is taking money out of their pockets. They just bitch amung each other and then bend over. I can think of a number of construction sites in Frankfurt that aren't really needed additions or repairs but they are still being done. I'm sure glad that my tenure in Germany is almost at an end.
09:50 October 19, 2010 by freechoice
So did they managed to get back the taxes from those evaders shifting their assets abroad?
00:02 October 21, 2010 by nocensorship
I think most are OK with taxes for local services and infrastructure. The problem is with the wealth redistribution to those who don't want to work for their living. Let's not forget the outrageous benefits our glorious leaders get as well.

Perhaps if the socialists started cutting back on the handouts (aka, reduce spending) we could avoid these unnecessary tax increases.
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