mayor michael ludwigVienna is in favor of replacing the state broadcasting fee with a new fee in the future. Related talks with alliance partner NEOS are ongoing. He had shown himself negative recently. the subject is strong ludwig part of the next budget talks.
“Yeah, we’ll still discuss that,” said ludwig, He pointed out that of course every cancellation of income means either a different form of tax or a reduction in performance. “Same is the position in this case as well. We in Vienna use these funds almost exclusively for cultural purposes, especially for the conservation fund of the Old City. You can use it to quickly implement renovation projects, for example in churches or cultural objects. “Well, I wouldn’t change anything about the current situation the population has become accustomed to.” Vienna currently collects a provincial tax of EUR 5.80 per month.
The OVP vehemently denies Ludwig’s plans: “The money from the GIS state tax should have flowed into the old city conservation fund for years. The truth is, however, that the city government is making a lot of money from this extra fee,” councilor Laura Saxlehner says. According to Ludwig, the money from the current state tax would be used “almost exclusively for cultural purposes, especially for the Old City Preservation Fund”. Saxlehner: “Answers to one question showed that in the last three years only a fraction of state taxes—namely between 14 and 17 percent—were spent on preservation of the Old City,” Saxlehner explains and points out that the GIS Income from the state In recent years a tax reserve of more than ten million euros was created.
“The time has come for Vienna, like Upper Austria and Vorarlberg, to finally abolish the GIS state tax without replacement. It is absolutely bold that a new fee is being considered instead,” said the OVP politician. .