Local taxes are going up in most parts of the country, as councils seek to claw back pandemic-related losses and generate extra income. But there are significant differences between different local authority areas, particularly in the northern provinces of Drenthe and Groningen, the Dagblad van het Noorden reports.
In the Groningen municipalities of Het Hogeland and Veendam, the taxes are rising by an average of 11%, while in the Drenthe town of Hoogeveen the budget is being cut by over 3% (this interactive map shows the growth/decline in income in various municipalities compared to last year).
Rising real estate prices are having an impact on property taxes, which are expected to generate €4.8bn nationwide. Charges for waste collection and cleaning are going to bring in €2.3bn, while the sewer tax will generate another €1.8bn.
In total, Dutch municipalities hope to collect €11.5bn in local taxes in 2022.