22 January, 2012

The second Angers tramway line is on the tracks... with a new increase of transport tax for local companies

The recent debate about the budgetary directions of Angers Loire Métropole (Alm) for the fiscal year 2012 has confirmed that the announcement by the president of the territorial authority, Jean-Claude Antonini, regarding the stability of local taxes was, only true for households but not for local companies. As the city is Angers is already planning the construction of a second tramway line, Mr Antonini and his colleagues mayors of cities and villages members of Alm, plan an increase of the transportation tax.

This one had yet soared for the first trolley line and will be heavier in 2012. The rate of the tax will increase from 1.8% to 2% and will give 4.5 millions Euros more for Alm. So what the Angevins will not pay as households, they could foot the bill as employees... And Bernadette Caillard-Humeau, recently ousted from her charge of 1st deputy mayor at Angers, complains the tax doesn't bring back more money!

This second tramway line is so "on the tracks" and some inhabitants communities want it whatever be its cost. Mr Antonini promised that the studies would be finished in 2014. Recently, some Monplaisir district inhabitants urged the mayor to build half a line. While the second line is due to link Beaucouzé to Saint-Sylvain d'Anjou through Monplaisir, these suggested the line could only link Angers down town to Monplaisir district. But what will say Angers districts and villages which will not get it?

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