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Municipality of Athens: 5% reduction in municipal fees, the largest after 15 years

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“The reduction in fees is a direct response to punctuality,” said Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis

In the biggest reduction of municipal fees after 15 years, Mr Municipality of Athensafter the relevant proposal made by the Mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis, today at the Municipal Council.

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The horizontal reduction in fees, amounting to 5%, concerns all households and businesses of the Municipality of Athens.

In his statement, the Mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannisemphasized:

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“Fee reduction is a direct response to accuracy. However, it also signals something even more important. In this municipality, with this municipal authority, we cultivate the “ethos” of the community: The right to dignity for every citizen. As long as we share our fortunes, Athens will prosper and Athenians will improve their lives. By reducing fees, we increase durability in accuracy. We return to our citizens the benefits of the good course of the municipality”.

Rate reductions

According to the decision of the municipal council, the individual categories of municipal fees, after the reduction, are as follows for the year 2023:

A. The household coefficient of cleaning and lighting fees at 1.47 Euro/sq.m. from 1.55 Euro/sq.m. annually, so that approximately 450,000 household consumers will receive electricity bills at a reduced rate by 2023.

B. The cleaning and lighting fees of other spaces (business) for retail activities other than food, etc. at 5.23 Euro/sq.m. from 5.50 Euro/sq.m. annually

C. For activities in service areas other than financial institutions, etc. at 5.00 Euro/sq.m. from 5.30 Euro/sq.m. annually

D. For other professional activities at 5.87 euros/sq.m. from 6.18 euros/sq.m. per year and with the rate of car parks at 75% of this rate

E. For “properties used for public, non-profit and charitable purposes” with a rate of 2.23 euros/sq.m. from 2.35 euros/sq.m. annually for the first 6,000 sq.m. and a reduction to 60% for the remaining sq.m.

Which special categories are exempt from paying municipal fees?

The municipal authority maintains exemptions as well as reductions in cleaning and lighting fees for individual social groups, such as those with many children, those with three children, the disabled, single-parent families, the needy, etc. Specifically, it is provided for:

Exemption for the first residence of multiple children with annual total family income, real or presumed, cleared during the tax year preceding the year of inclusion, up to the amount of 25,000 euros increased by 10,000 euros for the third child, 8,000 euros for the fourth child, 6,000 euros for the fifth child and 5,000 euros for each child beyond the fifth. This exemption will be granted upon presentation of a copy of E1 for verification of the primary residence as well as the clearance note of the competent D.O.Y of the taxpayer and the necessary documents required on a case-by-case basis. For the following years, the presentation of the tax statement.

Exemption for the first residence of three children with annual total family income real or imputed cleared during the tax year preceding the year of inclusion, up to the amount of 25,000 euros increased by 10,000 euros for the third child, a total of 35,000 euros. This exemption will be granted upon presentation of the E1 and the settlement note of the competent D.O.Y as well as the necessary documents required on a case-by-case basis. For the following years, the presentation of the tax statement.

Exemption for the first residence of the needy as defined by the current legislation. This exemption will be granted by the competent department of the Municipality, after they have previously submitted to it a document proving their financial inability as emanating from the current legislation as well as a copy of E1 to verify their primary residence as well as the necessary documents required on a case-by-case basis . For the following years, the presentation of the tax statement.

The cleaning and lighting fees for the first home of disabled persons with a disability rate of 80% or more, and with an annual total family income real or imputed cleared during the tax year preceding the year of inclusion, up to the amount of 20,000 euros, are paid with a 50% reduction . This reduction will be granted upon presentation to the competent department of the Health Commission’s certificate of the level of disability, a copy of E1 to verify the primary residence and a clearance note from the relevant D.O.Y of the taxpayer, as well as the necessary documents required on a case-by-case basis. For the following years, the presentation of the tax statement.

Reduction of cleaning and lighting fees by 50% for the first residence of single-parent families with annual total family income real or imputed cleared during the tax year preceding the year of inclusion, up to the amount of 25,000 euros. This reduction will be granted upon presentation of a certificate of family status attesting to single parenthood, a copy of E1 to verify the primary residence, the clearance note from the relevant D.O.Y of the taxpayer as well as the necessary documents required on a case-by-case basis. For the following years, the presentation of the tax statement.

For all the above cases, the electricity bill should be issued in the name of the beneficiary of the exemption or reduction by 50% of the cleaning and lighting fees.

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