MIJAS COUNCIL has announced it has fulfilled 50 per cent of its overall targets in its first year in office.
The governing team, made up of Cuidadanos and PSOE, has now been in power for just over 365 days and has celebrated its two main achievements; lowering taxes and approving a citizen participation regulation.
The two parties agreed a manifesto more than a year ago promising 50 actions to be completed during their coalition, with more than half of them now executed and another 28 per cent begun,
The town’s Mayor, Juan Carlos Maldonado, explained, “It is not easy for two political parties to join forces, but in Mijas we have set an example that politics must be at the service of citizens,” says Maldonado, who has wanted to extend that good understanding to the rest of formations. “Anyone who wants to work for this municipality has a hand in these new political times,” he adds.
Of the commitments already fulfilled are a comprehensive parking plan for the whole municipality, improvements of facilities and accessibility, the extension of public transport networks, asphalting, cleaning and installing signalling on roads, the creation of new playgrounds and dog parks and signing off on proposals to build more housing.
The council is proudest of its commitment to lower taxes for all residents in 2018, however,
As of next year, property tax (IBI) will be reduced from 0.508 per cent of a property’s value to 0.44826 per cent, while capital gains tax (Plusvalia), tax on some vehicles, inheritance tax and administrative fees will be lowered.
Capital gains tax will be lowered to 22 per cent, while inheritance tax will soon only apply to houses worth more than €100,000; double the previous amount of €50,000. Fees for auctions, contracts, administrative forms and competitions will also be waived if they are under €6.
Non-polluting vehicles, including electric and solar cars, will receive a 75 per cent tax reduction from next year, while vehicles which minimise pollution, including hybrid vehicles, will see a 50 per cent reduction.
The proposal was unanimously approved by all parties after the council received around 70 suggestions from the public. Tamara Vera, Councillor for Citizen Participation, explained, at the drafting stage we studied the feasibility of all proposals to see if they could be included in the document, eventually agreeing on legislation in which everyone was represented.”