The revenues from municipal levies will rise by 8.2 percent this year, to 6.1 billion euro. These revenues will cover around 15 percent of municipal expenditure; the remainder of municipal costs will mainly be paid from the central government coffers.
Revenues from municipal levies and rates
Taxes and rates yield more
More than half of income from levies consists of tax revenues, of which property tax is the primary component. Municipal taxes will yield a total of nearly 3.5 billion euro this year, 8.5 percent more than last year. This money will go to the general funds of the municipalities. The municipal council determines what the money is spent on.
The remainder of the levies consist of rates. These will yield just over 2.6 billion euro this year.
Largest increase in Utrecht
The revenues from municipal levies vary form province to province. The increase is largest in the province of Utrecht, with 10.9 percent, and lowest in Flevoland with 5.6 percent. Last year Flevoland had the largest increase.
Net revenue increase in per capita municipal levies, 2003
Small increase in Flevoland
In terms of the per capita increase in municipal levies, the differences are even greater. In most provinces population growth is between 0 and 1 percent. But in Flevoland, the population increased by 2.4 percent. Per capita municipal levies rose by only 3.2 percent in Flevoland, while in Utrecht they rose by 9.9 percent.