Saturday, October 16, 2010

I have a question for you...

Do you want to continue to live in Chilches without the minimum services that you pay for?From this Neighborhood Association we have written almost hundred claims to our local Town Hall (to almost all their departments), Government Administrations, Junta de Andalucía, Province Administration and our balance is not positive for the following reasons:
  1. Because we are at the gates of the implementation of Urban Conservation Entities that our Local Town Hall wishes to impose on us, given the fact that our town has no money to provide offer the minimum services, but has sufficient money to build the Palacio de Congresos (Fair Palace). We suppose it is because it looks good on the press.
  2. Because we have experienced a rough ten percent increase on our Council Tax this year and a similar rise for the coming years till 2016 and we don't even have the basic services cleaning.
  3. Because they don't solve the problem of public illumination, the proof is that there are areas where there is no light and they don't want to fix it. They are expecting to create  Urban Conservation Entities (EUC) so that us neighbors pay for it.
  4. Because we do not have regular street cleaning, after discussing the issue with the deputy mayor, they have not done anything.
  5. Because they don't clean the streams, this being a potential flood source.
  6. For a population of 2,600 registered residents we are disregarded by our local Town Hall (we will not be electorally attractive or we don't look good on pictures on the press).
  7. Because we have asked for an appointment with the Mayor to show her the reality of the area, given the fact that she announced to the press her intention to get closer to the western districts and assume its management, are still waiting.
  8. Because there is an absolute and flagrant dereliction of duties and no administration wants to act.
Is this what we want for the place we live in? 
Is this what we want for our investment?
Are we going to consent?Send us your opinions.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Are the EUCs for me?

As we mentioned on an earlier post, our Town Council has approved the creation of the EUCs in Vélez-Málaga and surrounding towns under their influence. If you are interested in knowing if you will be one of the lucky owners obliged to have an additional "tax" on your property, please (CLICK HERE).
We have created this map, based on what has been approved by the Town Council and their public urban planing archives. Detailed views of each location can be found in the following links, all images are linked to Google Earth:

Orange: not lucky - more "taxes".
Blue: lucky
These maps are just orientative, should you wish to know if you are liable to pay this new "tax" in the near future, please contact the Vélez Town Hall.

Council Taxes (IBI) in Vélez keeps rising

As we’ve been announcing, the IBI (Council Tax) has gone up substantially.

 The rise that our local governors are applying comes to be an annual 10% (applied to the coming 7 years), following the revision of the land registry values that they made a couple of years ago. You will notice this rise more or less, depending on whether you are a registered resident (empadronado) or not, since the Town Council is granting the registered residents a deduction. However, when this grant no longer exists, you will have the privilege of receiving the IBI in full. This means that from one year to the next, neighbors of Vélez-Málaga could be paying for an accumulated increase of several years.
In addition, many neighbours of the municipality of Vélez-Málaga will see that in the short term they will receive an extra charge, or new tax, of about € 360 (estimated annual average) because you will be obliged to be a member of what is called a Urban Conservation Entity (Entidad Urbanística de Conservación, EUC, in Spanish).

Following the approval carried out in a plenary session by the Town Council, the EUCs will take care of:
• Public Pavement maintenance.
• Public Roads maintenance.
• Public Street lighting.
• Maintenance of Public Green Areas (those which do not exist as such will have to be developed at their expenses).
• Urban furniture (public property).
• Clean-up and tidiness of public streets, property and equipment.
• Etc.
This 360 € is an estimated annual fee, however, it could be higher depeding on the state of the area in which you live in. 

In this page (CLICK HEREwe have produced a simulation where you can see what you could be paying in the coming years. The left-hand column shows the rise of IBI, with and without the grant, according to the taxable value of your property (examples of several values have been given). The right-hand column graphics show the rise of IBI plus the Urban Conservation Entity (EUC) fees.

Applicable annual increases of the EUC fees have not been taken into account.
We have supposed the same level of grants over the next few years (Beware!).

Select the taxable value that is similar to your property, click on the image to enlarge.
  • Blue line without grant
  • Green line with grant

As a reader you may ask yourself: well, I thought that Council Taxes covered all the above mentioned services, so why pay the EUCs too? This is the very same question we made and the answer we got from the Town Hall was: "You only pay your Council Taxes (IBI) for the privilege of living in Vélez-Málaga."

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