The amount paid by home, shop and land owners each year in property taxes (IBI) will rise from January in 1,895 towns while it will fall in 557 others.
This variation derives from the approval by the Cabinet to update the land registry in 2,452 towns in order to adjust the valuation of the assets to reflect current prices.
This update does not imply a change in the tax rate – which is municipal and fixed, therefore, by each Town Hall – but does involve a change in the valuation of the property, which is the tax base it is applied to.
The update, justified by the government in its paper on municipal finance, was requested by the Town Halls themselves and, in some instances, revises valuations that had not been modified since the eighties.
It is precisely the time elapsed since the last update that determines whether each town needs to revise their valuations upwards or downwards, and by how much.
Consequently, the 1,895 towns that last updated their land registries before 2004 will see an increase in property valuations, with a ratio of 1.08 for those before 1991 – a situation affecting 1,118 towns – and of 1.03 for those that did so between 2001 and 2003.
This means that a property valued at 100,000 euros in 1985 will now be recorded in the registry at 108,000 euros and this will be the amount the IBI rate will be applied to.
By contrast, the 557 towns that last updated their land registries between 2005 and 2011, at the height of the housing bubble, will see a reduction in property values.
In these cases, the ratio varies between 0.92 – for towns that updated between 2005 and 2009 – and 0.87 for those that did so in 2011, the last year subject to this policy change.
This means that a property registered at 100,000 euros in 2011 will now be valued at 87,000 euros.