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Gov’t: Local Councils Must Use Business Tax to Finance Public Transport

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.11.13.

Local business taxes must be used to pay for local public transport, a government official said on Tuesday, adding that the law will be changed accordingly.

Bence Tuzson, the state secretary for public services at the Prime Minister’s Office, said the government regards public transport financing as a primary task for local councils.

“We want to make this task clear,” he said. Any remaining revenue from the tax can be spent on other services, he added.

“If [former mayor of Budapest] István Tarlós managed to finance the capital’s public transport, then Gergely Karácsony can also do so,” he said, adding that the government would comply with all agreements it struck with the capital during Tarlós’s term.

Featured photo illustration by Zoltán Balogh/MTI