The opposition parties, and of course homeowners, are not happy that the IBI in Almuñécar has risen 28% since 2012.
Back in 2012 the governing party, the PP, hiked the IBI (local house tax) by 10% (from 1% to 1.10%) saying that it was an exceptional measure, however even though the ‘exception circumstances’ have passed, the rate has remained the same.
But apart from increasing the percentage levied on properties, the Council decided to revise Catastral values on the said properties in 2015, which resulted in another 10% hike in 2016, and 4% in 2017 & 2018. In other words a total of 28% since 2012.
According to the two opposition parties, the PSOE and Andalucía Sí (Benavides), the Council has gone from taking 11-million euros to 16-million per annum with nothing to show for it.
The ‘exceptional circumstances’ that prompted the IBI rise was the amount of debt the Town Hall had accumulated, much of it as a result of losing court cases and having to pay out compensation. It is also worth pointing out that some of the pay outs were the result of actions taken by the previous Benavides Administrations.
According to the Councillor for the Economy, Antonio Laborda, they saw themselves obliged to put up the IBI because the last Castral revision prior to their one had been in 1997, adding, “Every town that has not updated their Catastral rates is now obliged to do so or increase the IBI percentage to compensate.”
He went on to say, “Being subjected to the Adjustment Plan, in accordance to the lines laid down by the Ministry, we have to increase the IBI by 4%; not because we want to, but because those are the measures we must make if we wish to be eligible for refinancing aid [from the Central Government] to cope with out municipal debt.”
Editorial note: If you consider how much of today’s Almuñécar did not exist in 1997, then you can appreciate just how much money the Town Hall was losing owing to its outdated Catastral roster.
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)