Taxes in Maracaibo are the most expensive in all of Venezuela, which far from being translated into welfare for the people of Maracaibo, it has become misery, hunger and destruction, since the 18 parishes of the city suffer daily from the collapse of all public services. This was denounced this Wednesday by the Coordinator of Primero Justicia in Maracaibo, Rafael Ramirez Colina.
Furthermore, he assured that the Mayor of Maracaibo keeps 60% of the income from businesses, which, together with the erroneous economic policies of Chavismo, have caused the destruction of the productive apparatus, the pulverization of the bolivar and the loss of thousands of jobs and decent wages that allowed citizens to live with dignity and, therefore, has affected the development and growth of the Maracaibo municipality.
“At the present time, there are two crises that affect Maracaibo, on the one hand we have the Covid and its consequences on the world economy and on the other the economic policies of Chavismo. Now we have a Mayor who has given himself the task of asphyxiating the little product that the city has left with a caravan of taxes. Today 60% of a merchant income goes to municipal taxes, not only because they charge him for his economic activity, but they also charge him other municipal taxes,” said Ramírez.
Similarly, the deputy said that the imposition of these high taxes leaves small and medium entrepreneurs and merchants unable to replenish inventories, cover wages, salaries and operating expenses.
“And while they collect these taxes every day our communities throughout the municipality are abandoned. Go to any corner of the city and you will see garbage dumps, since urban trash collection does not pass through the streets of our popular sectors, in those sectors it’s been years that there is only light in the street if the neighbors buy the light bulbs and climb up the posts, there is not a single street that is not full of holes, they only take care of fixing 4 streets for the gallery while the deep Maracaibo that they do not know survives as it can,” he added.
Finally, he called on the mayor not to finish off “the little private sector that remains in the city because that only translates into poverty for Zulianos who continue to struggle to have a decent life in Zulia.”