This information is output in Le Parisien on Wednesday, October 10. In 2018, almost 6,000 municipalities have increased the fee of dwelling, noted a parliamentary report published this summer without giving the list. This announcement could interfere with the promise presidential to reduce this tax to 30% this year to 80% of the French, before its total disappearance by 2022. Anxious to show that he had nothing to do in these increases, the minister of public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, has explained this on Thursday in The Figaroet has released the name of the communes concerned (click here). The tax notice that the taxpayers are getting a mention, moreover, although the increase has been decided by the local authorities and not by the State. André Laignel, first vice-president (PS) of the Association of mayors of France and the president of the Committee of local finance, responds to the minister in an interview with the Point. The mayor of Issoudin, which has not increased its own property tax, denounces the stigmatization of the elected local officials by the government.

FRANCE-POLITICS-MAYOR-CONGRESS © JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP The Point : How do you explain the fact that more than 6 000 municipalities have increased the property tax by 2018, while the State decrease of 30 % to 80 % of the French… ?

André Laignel : If the State had really wanted to lower taxes, he would have had to start by lowering the taxes of the State and not address those communities ! Want focus on about 15 % of municipalities that increase the property tax back to the stigmatization of local elected officials that he considers as mere sub-contractors of the government policy. This is becoming a habit of this government to undermine local democracy. It is important to know that there is less increase in property tax this year than last year !

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It was the press that unearthed these figures that come, originally, from a parliamentary report, not the government!!!

Who has given to the press, in your opinion ? Only Bercy had !

…To be free of these increases that can blur the promise of tax Emmanuel Macron !

first, I recall that the announced suppression of the housing tax was made without any consultation with the representatives of the mayors and inter-communal groups. Then, I repeat, if the State wants to do a gift tax, it does not have to do with the fiscal resources of local communities. The bad projects result in bad results.

The State has promised to compensate for the euro near the removal of the housing tax for 80% of the French expected, by 2020, in order not to affect the finances of the communes and inter-communal groups.

It is true for this year. Is this the will be in the long term ? Let me have doubts. There is a constitutional principle : the free administration of territorial communities. It is therefore legitimate for the community, starting with the commons, decided to raise – or not – the tax according to the needs of their population and modernization of their territory ! Denounce this freedom, it is to challenge this constitutional freedom.

After the demise of the property tax for 100 % of the French, by 2021 or 2022, the State is planning to transfer to the communes and inter-communal groups the proceeds of the land tax on built properties, as well as a portion of the tax on the added value of enterprises. Is not a guarantee of the dynamism of your recipes ?

We do not want that. The Committee of local finance, which brings together all strata of the community from all political sides, has voted unanimously for another solution : the continuation of the clearing of the property tax by the State via tax relief, because it is the only way to guarantee the amount in the long term.

Why the government did he not chosen the option of relief as he did, however, until 2020, according to you ?

Because he has the intention to reduce the wing of the local government finance after 2020 !

Bercy explains that he can not maintain a credit for a tax which does not exist anymore…

If it is possible. The truth is that this reform Emmanuel Macron was electoral reform demagogic, which had absolutely not been studied. The removal of the housing tax is going to cost 26 billion euros in total, maybe a little less, if we decide to keep it on secondary residences. No financing clear has not been provided in front. It will, therefore, be paid for by other taxes by our fellow citizens, via an increase of the CSG, for example.

We hear a lot of the communities complain of the decline of allocations from the State to local communities so that they remain stable, which was not the case during the mandate of François Hollande…

It is an evolution in trompe-l’oeil. The only thing that is stable, that is the overall allocation of operating. But there are plenty of other reductions in appropriations for our territories. For example, we made them pay for the reconstruction of Saint-Martin, who is expected to be financed by the national solidarity, that is to say on the State budget. Some allocations such as staffing to local investment are also lowered. The State also reduced funding of assisted contracts for 850 million euros, which were very useful to local public services and in the community life local. Credits for social housing will be slashed by 800 million euros, as well as those of agencies of the water for several hundred million. In total, more than 2 billion euros that are punctured on the appropriations for the territories !

You acknowledge and agree that the contracts helped them were disguised subsidies to the budget of local communities…

This was not a hidden subsidy, but a means of inclusion. Today, we removed these jobs and it has increased poverty.

The mayors who have increased the property tax have they not taken advantage of the decline in funded by the State to bail out their funds ?

About 35 140 mayors, I’m not saying that one has no rational, as well ! But the vast majority of them has not increased the property tax. Others have done it in proportions to be very modest, except for two examples in the whole of France (including Grand-Charmont, Doubs, which has spent the largest increase, 30,20 %, editor’s NOTE). Even the minister of public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, was obliged to note that the average increase of property tax in the 6 000 municipalities involved reached 0,47 %, that is to say less than last year.

Thus, people go well, together, enjoy the lower property tax decided by the government.

But of course ! Some might only see a drop of a little less than 30 %. 28 %, 24 %…

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