Development tax: stuck in Mers-les-Bains town council

Development tax: stuck in Mers-les-Bains town council

Only 9 votes are for this development tax sharing with the Sister Cities community. (©Informant)

Change of sharing rules development tax was discussed for several months within community of municipalities of sister cities. On Friday, October 21, 2022, in Mers-les-Bains (Somme) that she sparked the debate again. The city representatives were brought to vote on its ratification.

This tax is a local tax that is collected by the municipalities and the department in the territory of the Community of Sister Cities. These are the operations of construction, reconstruction and expansion of a building, facility or development of any kind requiring authorization: a building permit, a building permit or a prior permit.

So far, this development tax sharing has become optional for municipalities compulsory from this year. 28 municipalities of the community of municipalities had to vote on the conditions for the return of this tax. It was at the last municipal assembly that the elected representatives decided that the municipality would also pay the same percentage 20% each a 80% for all areas of activity under Community jurisdiction.

“This scale is arbitrary and came out of nowhere”

It was this sharing that was discussed at the village council. “We can regret that the law imposes this sharing on us,” he regrets Vincent Rousselin, city councilors. “In my eyes, the chosen choice is not satisfactory.” The elected official does not understand the logic of 80% that would remain with the municipalities and 20% that would go to the municipality of municipalities. “This scale is arbitrary and came out of nowhere,” he adds.

A community representative tried to suggest an alternative.

The community of municipalities has economic competence, and it would be more accurate to say that as soon as the receipt is connected to an economic activity of the entrepreneurial type that is established or that is expanding, all receipts go to the community of municipalities. . On the other hand, for everything else, sales must go to the municipality.

Vincent RousselinCity Councilor


The elected official completely disagrees with the second part of the discussion, namely the part concerning the areas of activity within the jurisdiction of the municipality. “We should have put an end to the deviation that has existed since the creation of the Gros Jacques activity zone (in the Oust-Marest, Ponts-et-Marais and Saint-Quentin-Lamotte areas)”, adds Vincent Rousselin. “For years, while all the investments were borne by the community of municipalities, the revenues went to the three municipalities that are connected to this area of ​​activity. He would like to get things back on track and donate 100% of the proceeds to the community.

Michel Delepine, the mayor of Mers-les-Bains acknowledges that these communes benefited, but that it was complicated to cut off their food overnight.

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The meeting received only nine votes in favor, out of a possible 22, but it was approved anyway.

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