A ‘familia númerosa’ is generally considered one with two parents and three children
Families with five or more members will now be able to avail of reduced property taxes of between 40 – 90%. Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said the measure had been approved at council level and would go towards helping families. “Our borough is constantly advancing and we are working in different areas to improve the lives for the betterment of society”.
Those who wish to apply for the reductions have until February 29th to do so in the local tax (Hacienda office) or the Citizens Advice office in the front office of the Town Hall. The reductions will be applicable on homes that are used for residential purposed by the family (the family home in other words) and the owner and parent of the family is the taxable person, and she/he is on the Adeje residents’ register as are the rest of the family. All local taxes on the home must be up-to-date as well.
The percentage of the reduction to be granted will depend on the rateable valuation (‘valor catastral’ in your property papers) in 2016. “Zones that are valued higher than €120,000 won’t be included in this rate reduction, (this does not mean the value of your house but the rateable valuation) but overall there has been a 23% reduction all valuations so more people will be able to benefit from these reductions”, added the councillor responsible for local taxes, Epifanio Díaz Hernández.
The person in whose name the application for the reduction in made must not have more than two houses in the borough in his/her name. The rateable valuations must be individual and rates should be paid by through bank transfers.
Residences with a rateable valuation of up to 50.000 euros, will be in line for a 80% (90% if there are ‘special category) reduction, those valued between 50.001 and 80.000 euros will be able to apply for a 60% reduction (70% if there are ‘special category) and homes with a rateable valuation of between 80.001 and 120.000 euros will be 40 and 50%, respectively.
(There are different groups of ‘familias numerosas’ – for instance a single parent with two children should also qualify – so check with the local tax office.)
The mayor of Adeje José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, along with the councillor for finance, Epifanio Díaz Hernández, and the local group spokesperson Andrés Pérez Ramos, presented the council’s budget estimates for 2014 today (Friday December 27th).
According to the mayor “these estimates deal with three interrelated elements. Firstly we are concentrating on the creation of employment which is the area that grew most in 2013, with a a 14 % increase. Secondly we are looking at tourism, which for us is a strategic sector and the economic motor of our borough. This area has a growth rate of 6.8 %. And thirdly the we are working to make the economy more dynamic. These estimates take these three elements into consideration.”
The philosophy behind the council’s estimates for 2014 are based on the “presumption of costs and investments based on previous years and which have allowed us enter into a period of economic stability, reduce the debt and meet all the required ratios of the Municipal Finance Fund” explained mayor Rodriguez Fraga . In this regard the estimates, taking all the costs into consideration, only has a rise in the IPC of 1,43%. This indicates a cost of something in the region of 79 million euro, with a possible surplus of 4 million euro.
In the section on spending, the council is predicting a total of around 84 million euro, 2,59% less than in 2013, which the local government used to ensure that there were no increased in local direct or indirect taxes in the year ahead, nor in rates. This reduction in financial pressure on residents and businesses, along with the municipal funding, has the objective of making Adeje “more competitive and ensuring a dynamic economy for Adeje”, continued the mayor. At the same time he recognised the willingness of Adeje citizens to pay their rates and taxes and said that it was thanks to that level of civic responsibility that the council had to capacity to be flexible and invest.
The councillor for finance said that the Adeje council was meeting the requirements of the Municipal Finance Fund for the second consecutive year which assumed a net of 4 million euros, of which 50% is destined for investment and social emergencies. The capacity to invest is where the councillors have also see a 300 % growth which is generating employment and re-energising the economy. .
The finance councillor explained that they had prepared an estimates programme that was “flexible, reflecting the changing reality that we are living in, and a programme that has the capacity to react to any growth situtations that may arise”