Concrete tax - amendment to the act on combating the effects of drought!
Nowadays, one of the climate disasters threatening the Polish economy is drought. By destroying crops and degrading land, it increases food prices. In addition, it also adversely affects other industries that use water for everyday production. The government wants to make some changes to reduce the effects of drought. One of them includes a concrete tax that was introduced to restore natural water retention. So let's find out who the new, changed tribute may apply to!
Concrete tax - what changes is the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation preparing?
Currently, the fee related to the tax on concrete is borne by owners of properties above 3.5 thousand. square meters, more than 70% of the surface of which is concreted, and thus, water penetration into the soil is very limited. This means that today the tax on concrete applies in particular to large-format stores with huge concrete parking lots.
The changes that the Ministry intends to introduce will make the concrete tax obligatory for owners of land with an area of more than 600 square meters with more than 50% concreting of the ground. In this case, the necessity to pay fees will apply to a wider group of people, and the concrete surface will include sidewalks, garage driveways, foundations for a fence or paving stones around the house. The fact of connecting the sewage system on the property will also be irrelevant, because the concrete tax will be an additional, independent fee not related to the cost of the so-called drainage of rainwater.
Will the concrete tax apply to local governments?
It is very probable, because the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation would like to apply the fee also to squares and squares owned by municipalities, which have been devoid of trees and plants in favor of concrete in recent years.
Therefore, if the changes in the act are actually approved, the concrete tax will be obligatory not only for large stores and galleries, but also for some households and local governments. According to the Ministry, the fees will be charged 20 times more properties than before, and the proceeds from this will increase from PLN 6 million to PLN 180 million.