INNSBRUCK. The state government recently laid the foundations for legally legitimized housing vacancy surveys in all Tyrolean municipalities. This is now to be followed by a vacancy tax. For the Fritz list this would be a “shot in the knee” instead of a contribution to affordable housing. The FPÖ can imagine this in combination with others, but still sees many questions unanswered. An increase in the allocation of needs also provides a topic for discussion.
Vacancy survey and motivation research
Pure mirror-fencing – die List Fritz does not see the envisaged vacancy tax as a panacea for expensive living. Instead, the list of Fritz MPs speaks up Markus Sint for a comprehensive survey of vacancies throughout Innsbruck, as it is already done in the Olympic Village, in the district capitals and in all larger towns in Tyrol, in order to then conduct motivation research:
“Why does an owner prefer to leave his apartment or house empty than to rent it out? everyone makes sense. “
However, if a vacancy tax is actually introduced, it must be well worked out:
“Because if the vacancy tax is low, it will hardly persuade an owner of a vacant apartment to rent out his apartment. On the other hand, if the vacancy tax is so high that.”
, Sint describes the difficulty in determining the amount of the levy. He also fears that investors and speculators will die of the vacancy tax you pay when, then at some point when selling your apartment will result in a vicious circle in which expensive housing could become even more expensive. The Fritz list therefore focuses on incentives for owners of vacant apartments and refers to a project of charitable brokering that is practiced in Vorarlberg and was applied for by the Fritz list in the state parliament:
“The public sector assumes the risks, the owner has 80 percent of the income, and those looking for an apartment can find an apartment!”
, explains Sint.
No discussion bans
Also die FPÖ is critical of an answered vacancy tax. For state party chairman Markus Abwerzger the cost-benefit factor must be in the foreground:
“There is no point in introducing a tax, collecting it any more
Administrative burden entails, rather than revenue, therefore it needs to be workable as well
be profitable, otherwise they can be forgotten. “
In addition to the high administrative burden, such a levy would also raise numerous legal questions, such as how to define vacancies, from which period one would be due or whether the assessment amount would be based on the former purchase value of the property or the customary local price in the case of a rental. Abwerzger still sees a great need for discussion:
“The situation is precarious, especially in the Tyrolean metropolitan areas, so everything has to be discussed broadly as long as property rights are not restricted. This also includes a vacancy tax, but this must be embedded in other measures, such as the reduction or waiver of the ImmoESt for the sale of rented apartments. “
Mayor Willi is responsible for assignments as required
The City of Wishes recently directed the state to increase the allocation for Innsbruck. For die List Fritz this step was long overdue:
“We as List Fritz are wondering where the full commitment of Mayor Georg Willi is when it comes to negotiating the Bund. Willi knows exactly how things are going and who to turn to when it, um, dies
Finances in the city of Innsbruck are all about. We expect more than just a few standing sentences from the Innsbruck mayor, a few moderately motivated announcements and the following long silence of idleness. “
, takes GR Thomas Mayer Mayor Willi in duty. Innsbruck is falling behind when it comes to the allocation of needs due to the state of Tyrol. While Innsbruck-Stadt receives 56 million euros in needs allocations from the state, Innsbruck-Land receives 86 million euros, although the same amount of money flows to the state from both districts.
“The state capital Innsbruck needs and deserves a fair allocation of needs, after all, a lot of Innsbruck’s infrastructure is also used by the surrounding communities and their citizens. Willi must act before city assets have to be unnecessarily sold and the savings pen continues to be applied in the wrong places!”
, says Mayer.
Clear no to higher needs allocations
The SPÖ speaks out clearly against an increase in the allocation of needs:
“The community compensation fund is not there to compensate for the messed up Innsbruck budget policy, but to create a financial balance between financially weak communities and the financially strong, especially in the metropolitan areas.”
, provides club chairman Georg Dornauer clear. He appeals to LR Johannes Tratter to tell the Innsbruck mayor what function the community compensation fund has to fulfill.
“If we do not succeed in finally strengthening the small area and making it more attractive with more childcare and the expansion of the infrastructure, the rural exodus will continue to grow and thus the pressure on Innsbruck to create infrastructure or on the Innsbruck housing market will continue to grow. “
, emphasizes Dornauer.
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