The provinces budgeted revenues of 1.1 billion euro in road tax. This is 67 euro per capita. The revenues are highest in Flevoland (93 euro) and lowest in North Holland (47 euro).
Road tax revenues per province, 2006
Lease cars in Flevoland, low rates in North Holland
Flevoland has a high level of road tax revenues because many lease cars are registers there. Road tax is not payable by the user but by the lease company. The explanation for the relatively low revenues from road tax in North Holland is that the province has the lowest rates.
Provincial revenues, 2006
Provincial revenues budgeted at 4.2 billion
In their budget for 2006 the provinces included 4.2 billion euro in revenues and 4.4 billion euro in expenditure. The 0.2 billion euro difference is covered by reserves.
One part of the revenues, 1.7 billion euro, is earmarked for specific policy tasks such as public transport, soil decontamination and assistance for young people. The other revenues, 2.5 billion euro, including the road tax revenues, are not earmarked.
These revenues come from the provincial funds of central government (1.0 billion euro) and revenue generated by the province. The generated revenues come from road tax (1.1 billion euro) and from interest and dividends (0.3 billion euro).
Revenues per province, 2006
Provincial fund important for the smaller provinces
The budgets of the smaller provinces rely more heavily on the provincial funds than those of the larger provinces. For Friesland, Drenthe and Zeeland the fund contributes over a third of their total income. South Holland and North Brabant on the other hand mainly get their revenues from road tax. There is a relation between the two sources of income: since the provincial road tax is a standard by which the money from the provincial fund are divided.
Traffic and transport, and welfare are main expenditures
Provincial policy covers a wide area. The main expenditure is on traffic, transport and welfare. Each takes up about 30 percent of the available provincial budgets.
Paul van der Beek