|Maltatoday, 9 November 2008, by James Debono
After discovering the electoral value of green issues back in March, the government has now tapped into its fiscal value. JAMES DEBONO sifts through the budget measures that are really eco-friendly, and those that are just money-spinners. Killing the Plastic Bag
The €0.15 levy on every plastic bag could generate as much as €6 million for the government’s coffers if the Maltese continue using their 40 million plastic bags a year.
An owner of an average domestic swimming pool containing 70 cubic metres of freshwater will have to fork out an extra €116 in annual license fees.
The government will be imposing a levy of 25c on non energy-saving bulbs, while giving each family a voucher to buy five energy-saving lamps for free from shops of their choice.
One clear case where environmentally friendly measures are masking the government’s fiscal intentions is the much awaited car registration tax overhaul. In this way the government will be raking €8 million more from the new tax regime which favours smaller and cleaner cars and which will see their tax drop by as much as 44%, while penalising big and polluting cars which will see their tax increase by 45%.
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