Lo­cal author­i­ties want tax par­don

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A se­ries of mea­sures rais­ing taxes on the rev­enue of lo­cal author­i­ties are threat­en­ing to de­rail mu­nic­i­pal bud­gets, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral Union of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Greece (KEDE), which plans to ap­peal to the gov­ern­ment for an ex­emp­tion from the in­creases.

KEDE’s board voted yesterday to de­mand the full ex­emp­tion of lo­cal author­i­ties from a raft of in­creases to taxes on in­come and prop­erty and other levies that the gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced as part of pledges to the coun­try’s cred­i­tors. Gior­gos Pa­toulis, the head of KEDE, sent a let­ter to Al­ter­nate Fi­nance Min­is­ter Try­fon Alex­i­adis em­pha­siz­ing the prob­lem. “Over­tax­ing lo­cal author­i­ties will re­sult in a dra­matic re­duc­tion in their in­come at a time that their funds are on the verge of de­ple­tion,” he wrote.

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