Projects for water have been given priority when it comes to spending tourist tax revenue.

06-10-2007Archive

Over 220 proposals for tourist tax revenue funding have been submitted by the various organisations which comprise the commission for the promotion of sustainable tourism. As previously noted, 88 of these have come from town halls which have presented their proposals to Felib, the federation for local authorities, which is represented on the commission. Others have come from island councils and bodies such as unions and the business confederation, CAEB. Palma town hall has separate representation on the commission and has submitted its own proposals.

Of the proposals, 105 of them are projects for water. The commission established an annual plan in September which gave priority to these projects. Other proposals are in accordance with purposes for which tax revenue will be used (as set out in the sustainable tourism tax legislation). Five per cent of the proposals do not meet these requirements and will not be considered.

Most of the proposals are for Majorca. Under the legislation, Majorca can be allocated a maximum of 74.82% of the revenue and a minimum of 68.14%. According to the finance ministry, some 33 million euros of tax revenue have been collected. The total value of all the proposals submitted is 180 million, so the commission's executive committee will now spend the next few weeks evaluating them before presenting the selection to the full meeting of the commission in early December. The government's cabinet will then have to approve them.

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Steve Riches / Hace over 4 years

Water is appropriate in this instance; like water, huge amounts of Tourist Tax money will be siphoned off, never to be seen again.

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S. / Hace over 4 years

I TOTALLY AGREE THE COMMENT BELOW FROM --RON. WILL WE SEE TRUE ACCOUNTS. TO BUILD ANOTHER DE SALINATION PLANT , WOULD TAKE ALL THE TOURIST TAX, AND MORE. BUT , THAT PROJECT WILL BE A BLOCK TO ALL THE SCAM CALLS FOR PROJECTS AROUND JUST PALMA!!!!!!. BUT, WHERE WILL A PLANT BE BUILT ?.

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Ron / Hace over 4 years

I always said the begging bowls would be out when it is realised how much money is in the pot. To have more water would be a good use if it went to benefit the tourists. But I suppose it will go to the farmers to reduce their costs. I hope they mean de-salination projects - plenty of water in the middle east where this is the norm. I hate to think what the other 105 proposals were for, and how they were going to benefit and sustain tourism. When the tax was first mentioned there were claims from one council for money to compensate construction projects which the current town had given permission for and which was later rescinded. And don't let us forget the care homes proposition! Will there be complete clarity in this 'lottery'? Will accounts ever be published? If they are - will we ever know exactly how much money is being collected? Oh cynical me!!

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