Palma.—With Majorca's yachting industry already suffering at the hands of the controversial and discriminatory matriculation tax, which is costing the charter industry millions of euros in losses every year, Calvia Council has decided to increase waste collection rates in the municipality's yacht clubs and marinas by 246 percent.

The local yachting industry is obviously furious, especially when the increase for hotels is just a mere 17 percent by comparison.
The local nautical industry this week accused the council of holding the sector to ransom and the yacht clubs and marinas have sought legal advice in an attempt to block a move which many fear will further damage the industry and incur further losses of revenue for the local economy.

The Partido Popular Mayor of Calvia, Manuel Onieva, has denied that the yachting industry has been specifically singled out claiming that the increase in waste collection rates is in line with an across the board rise which has not taken place for the past ten years.

He does, nevertheless, admit that the increase is steep but pointed out that the rates also include the Council of Majorca's incineration rates.
And, according to the Mayor, the Council of Majorca has raised the incineration rates by nearly 140 percent over the past decade, hence the sharp hikes in Calvia for marinas, supermarkets (70 percent) and discos (185 percent).

However, the Mayor has also admitted that, marinas and yacht clubs have been the hardest affected because of the high level of wealth in the nautical industry.

He also explained that the council will claim the rates in accordance with the number of moorings and the total to be paid will be shared between all of the mooring owners. But, the yachting sector is not convinced.

The President of the Santa Ponsa yacht club, Ricardo Ferrer said that one can not compare a hotel room with a mooring and that by basing it on the number of moorings means that a marina catering for super yachts with a limited number of large moorings, could end up paying less than a marinas which has many more moorings for smaller craft such as Majorcan llauts.

Ferrer has slammed the rate rise as “discrimination” because the increase in rubbish rates for marinas is 15 times that for the local hotels.
Hence why legal action is being considered.


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