Association of Municipalities and MFPT clash over property tax

The property tax rate in Kosovo has increased by 100 percent. The Minister of Finance says that he did not take this decision, while the Association of Municipalities of Kosovo, on the contrary, says that the ministry took this decision by raising the value of the property.

The 100 percent increase in the price of property tax has sparked many reactions in the country. The Ministry of Finance is placing the blame on the municipalities, while the municipalities are blaming it on the Ministry of Finance.

The chairman of the Association of Kosovo Municipalities, Sazan Ibrahimi, told Radio Kosova that the municipalities do not have the legal right to raise the price or value of the property, but they have legal responsibility only for the tax rate.

"Municipalities have not affected the tax rate, while the Ministry of Finance has raised the value of the property and when the value of the property is multiplied by the tax rate, it results in the bill that must be paid by the citizens as a property tax", said Ibrahimi.

On Tuesday, the Minister of Finance, Hekuran Murati, said that he has not decided on the price increase. According to him, this is a matter for municipalities. He says that in the coming days, they will find a solution to this problem.

On the other hand, the deputy mayor of the Municipality of Prishtina, Alban Zogaj, has stated that the Ministry of Finance has assessed the property, which has influenced the increase in taxes.

Otherwise, this decision is viewed as another burden to citizens' pockets by economy experts. According to them, with the highest rate of inflation, it is abnormal for citizens to be burdened even more by the increase in the tax basis, hence the property tax.