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OPPOSITION TURNS TO TOP COURT FOR TAX WITHDRAWN FROM MUNICIPALITIES

 

The opposition parties in parliament have asked the top court for a constitutional review of a government decision to deprive municipalities of vehicle tax revenues. The Constitutional Court should create a precedent and demonstrate that not even during a state of emergency is the government allowed to do what it wants, Jobbik, the Socialists, the Democratic Coalition, LMP, Párbeszéd and independent lawmakers Bernadett Szél and Ákos Hadházy said in a joint statement. The government has deprived localities of a part of vehicle registration tax revenues, parking revenues and in certain localities even local business taxes from the municipalities to cover the costs of response to the novel coronavirus epidemic. These government decisions, however, pose a risk to local services that must be carried out by the municipalities at a time when their tasks had been significantly expanded, the opposition parties said. Looking after patients in home quarantine has been made a municipal responsibility, they noted, adding that in certain localities even the central government’s tasks are carried out by the local authorities.