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Council tax: The 55 French towns where bills are going up in 2018

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Council tax: The 55 French towns where bills are going up in 2018
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The French government announced earlier in the year that council tax (taxe d'habitation) was set to drop for 80 percent of France's households in 2018 - but despite this some people will actually end up paying more. These are the 55 towns where bills are going up.
The French government is aiming to abolish council tax (or taxe d'habitation in French) by 2021 and as part of the phasing out period this year, 22 million French households should have seen their council tax go down by 30 percent. 
 
But there's a catch. 
 
Even if you are among the 80 percent of households who receive a discount in 2018, you may still end up paying more in council tax this year.
 
That's because some local authorities have decided to increase their rates, included in the bill, as a way of pulling in more cash before the tax is completely abolished in a few years.  
 
"Local authorities were always going to have the opportunity to remove some existing allowances or increase rates," Anne Guyot-Welke, spokesman for the union of tax officials, Solidaires Public Finances, told Le Parisien.
 
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According to a parliamentary report published this summer, at least 5,680 municipalities have increased their tax rate in 2018 so in many cities and villages taxpayers will see their bills rise despite the discount from the government.
 
Unsurprisingly, the government isn't happy that local authorities have found a way to take the shine off their reform and have published a list of the cities "guilty" of increasing taxes in 2018 and by how much. 
 
These are the 55 French towns with more than 10,000 residents where people will see their council tax bills go up first published by Le Parisien. 
 
Maizières-lès-Metz (57): + 18.02 percent 
Vaires-sur-Marne (77): + 15.02 percent
Étampes (91): + 12.99 percent
Sassenage (38): + 11.98 percent 
Le Chesnay (78): + 9.96 percent
Ombrée d'Anjou (49): + 9.64 percent
Corbeil-Essonnes (91): + 8.52 percent
Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (94): + 8.50 percent
Lescar (64): + 8.04 percent
Sceaux (92): + 6.79 percent 
Kingersheim (68): + 6.03 percent
Saint-Avertin (37 ): + 5.69 percent
Deuil-la-Barre (95): + 5.02 percent
Haguenau (67): + 5.02 percent
Bezons (95): + 5.01 percent
Saint-Avold (57): + 4.98 percent
Ramonville-Saint-Agne (31): + 4.48 percent 
Vaux-le-Pénil (77): + 4.17 percent
Chantilly (60) : + 4 percent 
Frontignan (34): + 3.99 percent 
Chennevières-sur-Marne (94): + 3.86 percent
Morangis (91): + 3.16
Creutzwald (57): + 3.05 percent 
Élancourt (78): + 3.02 percent 
Garches (92): + 3.02 percent 
Bouguenais (44): + 3.01 percent 
Bully-les-Mines (62): + 2.99 percent
Guérande (44): + 2.99 percent
Taverny (95): + 2.81 percent
Sanary-sur-Mer (83): + 2.54 percent
Vierzon (18): + 2.50 percent
Sannois (95): + 2.44 percent 
Rambouillet (78): + 2.21 percent
Saint-Junien (87): + 2.06 percent
Argelès-sur-Mer (66): + 2.03 percent
Douarnenez (29): + 2.02 percent
Vitry-sur-Seine (94): + 2 percent 
Carrières-sous-Poissy (78): + 1.98 percent
Albi (81): + 1.98 percent
Pontarlier (25): + 1.98 percent
Aubière (63): + 1.97 percent
Domont (95): + 1.92 percent 
Le Relecq-Kerhuon (29): + 1.91 percent
Beaune (21): + 1.67 percent
Valenton (94): + 1.54 percent
Wittenheim (68): + 1.48 percent
Albert (80): + 1.47 percent
Saverne (67): + 1.03 percent
Panazol (87): + 1.02 percent
Cholet (49): + 1.02 percent
Gardanne (13): + 1.01 percent
Châteaubriant (44): + 1.01 percent
Ambarès-et-lagrave (33): + 1 percent
Compiègne (60): + 0.97 percent
Arnouville (95): + 0.47 percent
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Leon - 13 Oct 2018 14:14
It is a truism that there are two things in life that cannot be avoided. Taxes and death.
Now a third can be added.Double dealing local politicians.
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