BUS use has increased by 9.4 per cent in Mijas.
The Coucillor for Transportation and Mobility, Nuria Rodriguez, explained, “there are 18 bus lines, of which four have been created this year. I want to highlight the very successful M-119, which was born in 2016 and which shows our concern that any resident on Mijas, wherever they live, can use public transport.” She added, “the route links Calahonda with La Cala and Fuengirola and has gone from 823 passengers in 2016 to more than 4,500 passengers in 2017.”
The councillor also highlighted the 118 taxi drivers licensed by Mijas and pointed out the “notable increase” in the use of bus lines both by residents and other citizens who travel to Mijas.
Rodriguez added the council was not considering implementing new routes where there is demand because “the service reaches everyone,” and explained studies have shown people prefer to use public transport to private when given the chance. She concluded, “using public transport has many benefits for everyone, as we make the municipality more sustainable by reducing CO2 emissions and helping, for example, to reduce the stress levels of people who travel in private vehicles.”
Mijas Council has been putting together a series of proposals to benefit residents after discovering it had a €30 million underspend this year.
The council will now pass on some of its good fortune in the shape of tax break from 2018.
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.
Mari Carmen Gonzalez added, “in the last quarter of 2016, we announced the beginning of a review of a significant number of taxes to benefit residents…after the study process, we approved the motion to lower taxes in 2018.”
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.