Recycling Bins NerjaHouseholders in Nerja have until December the 5th to pay the newly re-introduced rubbish tax, which is in addition to the normal council tax (IBI). This is the first year that the rubbish tax has been collected separately from the IBI, after being abolished in 1992.

The new tax will raise an estimated €540,000 a year from the 15,000 properties on the register, which amounts to €3 per month per household, payable in two instalments of €18. Property owners should have received the new bills in the post, which can be paid at local bank branches.

Nerja council claims that they are required by the Finance Ministry to find new sources of income in order to pay their debts to their suppliers, which at the end of 2011 had reached €4.8 million. This is part of the national government’s plan to bring public spending in line with its income.

At the time of announcing the new tax Councillor for Finance, Antonio Villasclaras said that the rubbish service “costs the town €1.6 million per annum and the rate of €3 per month per household is much lower than that paid by residents in nearby towns Such as Torrox, at €12, Rincón de la Victoria, €13, Frigiliana, €10 and Almuñécar, €16.”.

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