“A bet not to raise taxes is a losing bet.” Like Rémi Prou-Méline, the Auxerre opposition also criticized the Crescent Marault (LR) policy during the community council held this Thursday, November 24, 2022, in Venoy.
During nearly three hours of budget-oriented debate, the Auxerrois municipal president had to justify the use of tax leverage to complete the 2023 budget, while opponents accused him of breaking campaign promises. “Personally, I don’t want to raise taxes,” said Crescent Marault, “but we have no choice today.”
A month before the vote on the 2023 preliminary budget, this debate in the assembly was introduced by Pascal Henriat, vice president for finance, and provided elements of context. He believes that the budget is “under tension”, “structurally deficit”. “We use between 1 and 1.7 million euros (M€) every year to cover the deficit in the mobility budget.” Compared to 2022, expenses in 2023 may increase by around 400,000 euros (+8.6%), wages by 700,000 euros (+4.36%). Several outstanding balances are also noted: 3.5 million euros for AuxRparc and more than 1.9 million euros for the marine stadium. At the same time, it is planned to increase the debt in the coming years to finance the southern bypass of Auxerre (€7.3 million in 2023) through loans.
The financial plan for the southern bypass of Auxerre was signed in November 2021
About 100 € more in the tax report
Faced with these elements, the agglomeration therefore decided to create a tax on built-up land at a rate of 2%. About 1.9 million euros of income is expected. “I made a calculation in my tax report, this means an increase of 45 euros,” assured the president. “If we add a 7% increase in bases (Editor’s note on the 2023 finance bill passed by the National Assembly), it will be more like €100,” corrected Pascal Barberet, mayor of Villefargeau and vice-president of sanitation.
Unsurprisingly, the debate sparked a flurry of speeches. “We will vote against it because you are not moving in the direction of fair vigilance with an outdated, out-of-context territorial project,” assures Florence Lowry (EELV).
Mani Cambefort (PS) called the creation of the “Marault tax” a “political sin”. “You made a personal commitment not to raise taxes and back down from such strong commitments, which is what our fellow citizens don’t want to hear anymore.” “We warned you about your unrealistic multi-year investment plan and the reality is that with this budget and the creation of the Marault tax, the people of Auxerre will pay the bill”, supported Mathieu Debain (Progress area).
New growth is expected
Maud Navarre considered the introduction of this new tax “inevitable” but lamented the rates. “With the desire to maintain the attractiveness of the area, I understand that taxes need to be imposed, but not too much, not wildly.”
award Energy bills drain the coffers of local authorities
Crescent Marault warned: “We need three million euros of tax revenue per year if we want to be able to deal with uncertainties and continue to implement public policies and investments for the area.”
“At the beginning it was a matter of setting the interest rate at 3%, I agreed with the other mayors, so we decided on a lower interest rate of 2% with a review clause,” said Pascal Barberet. This could happen in 2024 or 2025.
While the budget-oriented debates did not lead to a vote, there were 8 abstentions and 3 abstentions in the debates on determining tax rates.
Sophie Bardin and Antoine Compigne