No tax for entry to historical towns

HISTORICAL towns in central Slovakia, Banská Štiavnica and Kremnica, do not use the chance to collect taxes from motor vehicles for entering the historical centre and staying there.

Banská ŠtiavnicaBanská Štiavnica (Source: Jana Liptáková)

Administrations of these two towns consider this tool ineffective.

“Our town [Banská Štiavnica] does not pursue this tax, as we deem it very inconvenient and lengthy, to go through the whole process of charging this tax as stipulated by law,” head of the town offices’ economic department Kamila Lievajová said for the TASR newswire.

Banská Štiavnica used to have such a type of tax in the past: in the 1990s, the town had a fee for vehicles for entering the historical centre, using so-called toll-houses or booths. There used to be three of them.

“This fee was cancelled mainly because its collection was non-profitable,” she explained. “The costs of operating the booths, electric heating, salaries and levies of employees, printing the tickets, maintenance – were higher than the revenues from this fee.”

Lievajová added that currently her town does not even consider introducing such a tax.

“Currently, the town has established paid parking mainly in the historical centre, and thus we do not consider introducing such a tax,” she said.

The situation in the nearby town of Kremnica is similar: they have never collected such a tax, and they do not consider this possibility currently.

“We don’t want to discourage town visitors by this tax for entering and staying with a motor vehicle in historical part,” Silver Jurtinus of the Kremnica town office said. The revenues from parking fees are estimated at €17,000 for 2015 – the town prefers making parking paid for.

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