Palma.—The Mayor of Palma, Mateo Isern, said yesterday that he would “do his best” to ensure that any tax increases remain minimal for residents and that “there are no more in the near term,” but warned that “reality may force his hand.” The Mayor's comments came after he was criticised by the Socialist leader at City Hall, Aina Calvo, for an increase of 3 percent in different municipal taxes. Isern said he thought that the rise of 3 percent is “reasonable” and pointed out that the increase was below the rise in the cost of living index.

The Mayor said that the hike had been necessary to square the budget figures seeing as the previous Socialist-coalition government (under Calvo) “had left a huge public deficit for the City Council.”