Rubbish news for Benidorm property owners in Spain’s Costa Blanca

BENIDORM property owners will have to pay 70% more next year for refuse collection services.

The city is no different from most other Valencia region municipalities who have announced increased levies for next year but Altea’s increase for domestic homes is just 28% from €75.84 to €97.

The garbage tax rate in Benidorm will rise from €112.74 to €191.66 and there will be steep hikes for hotels, tourist apartments, as well as commercial, industrial, and hospitality premises.

For example, a 200-bedroom hotel currently pays €7,979 which will go up to €13,564.  

Benidorm mayor Toni Perez blamed the increase on a variety of reasons including two new national and regional laws that have increased costs.

“We have gone from paying €2.3 million in 2021 to the Waste Consortium to €5.3 million that we will handover at the end of this year, while Benidorm residents have paid the same garbage rate as in 2021,” said Perez.

Perez added the hike had nothing to do with a tender for a new 15-year municipal waste collection contract that some reports have suggested could leap from around €14 million per year to €22 million.

The hotel and hospitality trade claims that their businesses will be hit as the tax hikes will have to be passed on via bills and tills. 

Alex Fratini, vice-president of Benidorm’s hospitality association Abreca said: “With these tax rises, prices will have to be increased which is something that will directly harm customers.”

The refuse tax increase is not the end of rises for Benidorm residents as the council is expected to announce a hike in the IBI property tax this Monday.

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