The extra tax revenues of 30-40 billion forints would be made available to the local councils, the paper said. According to one scenario, they could use the revenue for any purpose but according to another plan, it could be spent only on developing or maintaining public transport.
The public utilities tax announced as part of Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy’s fiscal adjustment measures will be introduced next year and it will be calculated on a 100 forints per metre basis. The expansion of the tax to overhead lines would make the distribution of burdens in the telecoms sector more balanced.
Once the tax is expanded to affect cable television providers, only satellite and terrestrial television will remain tax-free, the paper said.