Marseille: more than 200 owners file an appeal against the increase in the property tax.
Published on 12.6.2022 by Epoch Times with AFP
More than 200 owners have filed a lawsuit to demand the cancellation of the 14% increase in the property tax at Marseillesvoted during the municipal council on April 8, their lawyer told AFP, confirming information from Provence.
“The increase of 5.47 points in the property tax on built properties (which represents a percentage increase of 14%)”which is added to a fixed legal revaluation of 3.4%, “implies that owners with a property, lessors or not, will have 17.4% more property tax to pay in 2022 compared to 2021”, specifies the text of the appeal filed with the administrative court of Marseille.
The assistant to the city of Marseille in charge of Finance, Joël Canicave, had justified this increase by “new expenses”, notably “increasing the index point” the treatment of civil servants and “the price of energy”in an interview with Provence April 4.
With 1100 euros of income per month some “owners will be thrown into precariousness”
In Marseille, “there are already owners who are in a situation of poverty and others who will be precipitated into precariousness by the mechanical effect of the tax increase” property, warned Me Gobert, citing INSEE data according to which 8% of Marseille owners lived below the poverty line in 2019, that is to say that they had a disposable income of less than 1100 euros per month for a person living alone.
“You have people who are not taxable but who, despite everything, will have to pay this increased tax” or low tax people for whom “the property tax will be higher than the income tax”, continued Me Gobert, denouncing a “local racketeering”.
A sudden increase
This increase took place “too brutally”, “everyone was presented with a fait accompli without any consultation”, considers for his part Auguste Lafon, the president of the Syndicate Chamber of owners and co-owners of Bouches-du-Rhône and Var, which has around 5,000 direct members and is one of the applicants.
The increase, which he would have liked to see spread over time, “affects everyone in the same way but the impact is much stronger on small taxpayers”, especially low-income pensioners, “and first-time buyers”, he completed.