"Public administrations must be incentives so that the private sector can invest and, therefore, generate employment", asserted the mayor of the capital of Gran Canaria
The mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo, announced this Tuesday to the Canarian Confederation of Entrepreneurs (CCE) the decision to
lower the tax on real estate (IBI) to port companiesa measure that is expected to take effect on January 1.
Hidalgo received this Tuesday the leadership made up of the new president of the employers' association of the province of Las Palmas, Pedro Ortega, with whom he said that he "shares the vision" that "public administrations must be incentives so that the private sector can invest and therefore
In this line, he has highlighted that his municipal government (PSOE, NC and Las Palmas Podemos) is "the first of the democracy that has lowered taxes, in a timely manner", and "now the special IBI of the port area will be modified with the goal of bringing into force the
"The reduction is going to promote a scenario in the port with a tax rate even lower than that of Santa Cruz de Tenerife" and that "will be added to the lowering of rates that the Port Authority is promoting to improve competitiveness in the sector that generates more and quality employment”, Hidalgo pointed out.
The goal, he explained, is
"Continue with the punctual reduction of taxes in sectors of intensive generation of employment" as is the case of the port sector.
The mayor has announced that this measure "will be presented soon, it will go to plenary between the months of September and October for initial approval" with a view to its final approval and entry into force on January 1.
He recalled that this tax reduction policy has already been established in other sectors, such as "the tax reduction in
mechanical traction vehiclesreductions in some cases of up to 100% to increase the electric fleet«, and also the reduction of the IBI linked to solar panels, which »has generated more than 400 projects in the city«.
The mayor of the capital has stressed that the president of the CCE, Pedro Ortega, is "a great connoisseur of the public administration and the private sector from which he comes" and has "the spirit to know the reality of the administrations and to know the most important thing about the same, from the point of view of the entrepreneurs».
In his opinion, this is "a clear moment of uncertainty that is causing doubts about what is going to happen in the last quarter of the year", although he recalled that
"The data after covid is good and in the city too, especially in employment" And this, “if we remove the covid element, it has been like this since 2015, with 10,000 new jobs, more than 800 new net companies, and the wealth of the city that has increased by 16% in these seven years”.
For Hidalgo, the good figures are "without a doubt due to the
private investment« and the »will« is »to continue working like this, with private companies and to guarantee a reliable, stable economic space and the economic conditions for business activity to be generated«, from the fiscal and regulatory point of view with the »ultimate objective to create quality jobs in the city«.
The mayor of the capital has highlighted that "in the face of uncertainty, collaboration is going to be close" because "it is only fought with more investment, streamlining processes and with an administration capable of investing."
The president of the Canarian Confederation of Entrepreneurs, Pedro Ortega, has pointed out that at the meeting of elected officials after his appointment this July they had
"good news" as is that drop in the port IBI, which they "defend".
The CCE requests "a review of all taxation to find where and how costs can be reduced and business activity encouraged."
From the Confederation led by Ortega they believe that «
you have to work with dialogueto adopt consensus decisions that benefit business activity«, and adopting measures that »make it easier for business people to invest safely, quickly and generating quality employment«.
They have also addressed inflation and current national issues at this meeting in the Town Hall, he explained, and "how it is affecting and how to do so that it does not reduce activity."
Pedro Ortega proposes that it is necessary to "review the entire tax system without damaging other needs", because, in his opinion, "there is room to, in certain cases, be able to lower it."