Nov 13, 2023 at 10:40 am
The water board tax for homeowners will increase by a few tens of euros next year. Families in particular will pay considerably more. This is because water boards have to make more and more investments due to the consequences of climate change.
This is reported by the Union of Water Boards, which has made a tour of the 21 water boards. They have yet to make a final decision, but it looks like the rates will be considerably higher.
A family living in a home with a WOZ value of 250,000 euros will pay an average of 416 euros next year. That is about 45 euros more than this year. The higher the WOZ value, the higher the amount to be paid and the greater the difference with this year.
A single tenant will pay 188 euros next year. That is 20 euros more than this year. Companies and landowners will also pay more.
The amounts differ per water board. For example, one area has more dikes while another has more vulnerable nature. This entails different policies and therefore different costs.
‘Water management is increasingly a balancing act’
Water boards are faced with additional costs due to the consequences of climate change. “With increasingly drier summers and at the same time increasingly frequent extremely wet periods, water management is increasingly a balancing act,” says board member Vincent Lokin of the Union of Water Boards.
In addition, the quality of the water is under pressure. This is partly because pollutants end up in it. The water boards must therefore invest in, among other things, water storage, strengthening dikes and better sewage treatment. Another factor is that the water boards have to incur higher expenditure due to inflation.
Lokin expects the water board tax to increase further after 2024.
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