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LMP Proposal to Protect Local Councils against Suspension of Business Tax

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.11.24.

Opposition LMP will submit a bill to parliament to support local councils, which the party said “would collapse” if the government went through with the planned suspension of the local business tax.

Speaking to a press conference on Monday, party group leader László Lóránt Keresztes noted a proposal by the chamber of commerce and industry on scrapping local business tax, a source of revenue for local authorities.

LMP on Suspending Local Business Tax: Gov't Wants to 'Choke' Local Councils
LMP on Suspending Local Business Tax: Gov't Wants to 'Choke' Local Councils

Opposition LMP believes the government doesn’t want to help small- and medium-sized enterprises by suspending the local business tax, rather it wants to “choke” local councils, the party’s co-leader said at an online press conference on Facebook on Sunday. Máté Kanász-Nagy said that even though Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman László Parragh, “the […]Continue reading

Keresztes insisted that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s “certain speeches” had confirmed the government’s intention to act on the plan.

Due to cuts to their funding, local councils are already struggling to provide basic services such as road maintenance, lighting and drinking water, he said.

LMP’s bill defines the duties of local councils during a pandemic and obliges the government to provide funding, Keresztes said.

It also calls on the government to withdraw restrictions already affecting local councils, he added.

Keresztes said the party had consulted 130 local mayors. Even mayors of ruling Fidesz rejected the chamber’s proposal, he said.

In the featured photo illustration: LMP group leader László Lóránt Keresztes. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI