Greek government and the Troika are apparently at odds over the emergency property tax. Samaras’ government wants the tax to be disconnected from the electricity bill and not to punish with power supply cuts those who do not pay it.
The Troika insists on linking the tax with electricity cuts out of fear that Greek property owners won’t pay a cent to the country’s lenders.
Another point of disagreement is that the government wants the payment – in the average 800-1,500 euro – to be in five installments, while the Troika wants no more than two.
This is what Greek media have been reporting citing government sources since Friday night.
Deputy Development Minister Notis Mitarakis (ND) insists on more installments and coalition government partner Fotis Kouvelis (Democratic Left) stressed that the electricity shouldn’t be cut to those who do not paid.
On Saturday unconfirmed information claim that the government ordered the tax to be intagrated into the electricty bills that would be paid in five installments. But as said, it is unconfirmed.
So far, almost half a million property owners have refrained from paying the emergency property tax 2011.
The government has to return 200 million euro to those who have paid it but later managed to be exempted due to social criteria.
At the very end, the government will bow to Troika demands, and claim ” we did our best.. sorry.”
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PS I propose only Nea Dimocratia, PASOK and DEMLEFT voters should pay the property tax 2012, while voters of other parties should be exempted.