Local taxes: the owners will toast
ANALYSIS – With the disappearance of the housing tax, tenants no longer contribute to the municipal budget, unlike owners who see their property taxes soar. Former deputy Lionnel Luca denounces an unconstitutional injustice.
Mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet (16,580 inhabitants) and former deputy (Les Républicains) of the Alpes-Maritimes, Lionnel Luca is not angry against the abolition of housing tax, has become effective for all main residences since January 2023.
A flagship promise of the Emmanuel Macron’s campaign which, for this elected official, raises a serious problem of fairness between taxpayers. “For the first time this year, we will have in Villeneuve-Loubet as elsewhere in all the municipalities of France, two categories of citizens: those who pay the tax and those who do not pay it, not because of their income, but only in relation to their habitat, he explains. Those who are only tenants, even with comfortable incomes, will not pay tax to the municipality. And those who are owners, even with small incomes, will pay.”
Where is the justice of this reform? The tenants benefit like the others from the communal services, from the repair work of the sidewalks, from the public lighting, from the crèches…
Lionel Luca, mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet
A “extraordinary unequal treatment” which, in his view, makes local taxation “unconstitutional” since she…