Wednesday, 26 January, 2022

Local taxes are not immune to fiscal ras-le-bol


According to an OpinionWay-Square Management survey for “Les Echos” and Radio Classique, nearly half of French people living in the same city as in 2014 feel they pay more local taxes than before.

Only 29% of French people are in favor of reducing municipal jobs and public services in an OpinionWay-Square Management poll for “Les Echos” and Radio Classique.

The mayors who will take office next March are warned: in terms of local taxes, the cup is also full. This tax fed up is reflected in an OpinionWay-Square Management poll for “Les Echos” and Radio Classique, published on Monday. Almost half of people living in the same city as in 2014 feel they pay more local taxes than before (49%), with 35% feeling they pay the same. This feeling is widely shared among the population, even if it is expressed more strongly among the over 50s and supporters of the National Rally.

While anti-tax sentiment is often very present in rural areas, this poll shows an unexpected result. It is among the inhabitants of large agglomerations that dissatisfaction with the level of local taxes is the strongest (only 48% satisfied, against 57% in rural municipalities).

High fiscal pressure

“The polls often reflect a satisfaction granted to the mayor, but this satisfaction does not go as far as taxation because of a tax pressure always perceived as high”, analysis Frédéric Micheau, director of opinion research at OpinonWay.

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Housing tax, royalty …: what the local tax reform provides

Several recent polls have shown the attachment of the French to the figure of the mayor who, for 68% of them, understands their concerns on a daily basis, against 5% for deputies or the President of the Republic. Not to the point of frankly agreeing to local taxes, even if municipal management is the subject of relative leniency on the part of taxpayers. In this survey, 60% of French people say they are satisfied with the management of local finances by their mayor, among whom 14% even say they are completely satisfied.

The end of the housing tax, a popular measure

In this context, the abolition of the housing tax is very popular. Three in four French people consider it a good thing. As at the national level, the French are reluctant to lower public spending. 78% of those questioned believe that the reduction in state grants to municipalities was a bad thing.

Where then can the resources necessary for the functioning of the municipalities be found? Only 29% of French people are in favor of reducing municipal jobs and public services. But the rise in local taxes is even less popular: 8% of respondents are in favor.

Finally, the French prefer to reduce the area of ​​action of the municipalities by transferring them to other local authorities (58% of favorable responses). “This transfer of charges is a bit of short-sighted reasoning, because public services will have to be financed in any case. This last answer shows that the French do not want to choose between taxes and public service ”, decrypts Frédéric Micheau. The mayors elected next March will have to deal with this French paradox.

Survey carried out on November 13 and 14, 2019, with a sample of 1,049 people, using the quota method. Margins of uncertainty: 1.5 to 3 points at most for a sample of 1,000 respondents.

According to an OpinionWay-Square Management survey for “Les Echos” and Radio Classique, nearly half of French people living in the same city as in 2014 feel they pay more local taxes than before.

Only 29% of French people are in favor of reducing municipal jobs and public services in an OpinionWay-Square Management poll for “Les Echos” and Radio Classique.

The mayors who will take office next March are warned: in terms of local taxes, the cup is also full. This tax fed up is reflected in an OpinionWay-Square Management poll for “Les Echos” and Radio Classique, published on Monday. Almost half of people living in the same city as in 2014 feel they pay more local taxes than before (49%), with 35% feeling they pay the same. This feeling is widely shared among the population, even if it is expressed more strongly among the over 50s and supporters of the National Rally.

While anti-tax sentiment is often very present in rural areas, this poll shows an unexpected result. It is among the inhabitants of large agglomerations that dissatisfaction with the level of local taxes is the strongest (only 48% satisfied, against 57% in rural municipalities).

High fiscal pressure

“The polls often reflect a satisfaction granted to the mayor, but this satisfaction does not go as far as taxation because of a tax pressure always perceived as high”, analysis Frédéric Micheau, director of opinion research at OpinonWay.

Read also:

Housing tax, royalty …: what the local tax reform provides

Several recent polls have shown the attachment of the French to the figure of the mayor who, for 68% of them, understands their concerns on a daily basis, against 5% for deputies or the President of the Republic. Not to the point of frankly agreeing to local taxes, even if municipal management is the subject of relative leniency on the part of taxpayers. In this survey, 60% of French people say they are satisfied with the management of local finances by their mayor, among whom 14% even say they are completely satisfied.

The end of the housing tax, a popular measure

In this context, the abolition of the housing tax is very popular. Three in four French people consider it a good thing. As at the national level, the French are reluctant to lower public spending. 78% of those questioned believe that the reduction in state grants to municipalities was a bad thing.

Where then can the resources necessary for the functioning of the municipalities be found? Only 29% of French people are in favor of reducing municipal jobs and public services. But the rise in local taxes is even less popular: 8% of respondents are in favor.

Finally, the French prefer to reduce the area of ​​action of the municipalities by transferring them to other local authorities (58% of favorable responses). “This transfer of charges is a bit of short-sighted reasoning, because public services will have to be financed in any case. This last answer shows that the French do not want to choose between taxes and public service ”, decrypts Frédéric Micheau. The mayors elected next March will have to deal with this French paradox.

Survey carried out on November 13 and 14, 2019, with a sample of 1,049 people, using the quota method. Margins of uncertainty: 1.5 to 3 points at most for a sample of 1,000 respondents.