A total of 30 Dutch municipalities have scrapped the dog tax, according to a study by the University of Groningen's research center for the economy of the lower governments COELO. These municipalities found the dog tax too difficult to collect and believe that this tax is unfair as cat owners, for example, do not have to pay tax for their pet, the researchers found, RTL Nieuws reports.
The municipal housing costs, sewerage and waste taxes, and property taxes are rising "very substantially" this year, according to the annual study by the research center for the economy of the lower governments COELO, NU.nl reports.
The national government is increasing waste tax by 139 percent this year. Waste processors pay waste tax for the garbage that is incinerated or landfilled, and this cost is passed on the municipalities. As a result, municipalities have 3.5 to 4 percent more costs this year.
Municipalities are obliged to make substantial cuts in spending on roads, sports, culture, public parks and street lights for the coming years.
This years’ increase in property tax, onroerendezaakbelasting (ozb), is higher than allowed. According to research institute COELO the ozb income of the Netherlands will increase with 3,86 percent this year, where a maximum increase of 2,76 percent was agreed.