After arduous union work against the clock, last Thursday the Rural Society of Azul presented a class action lawsuit against the Municipality of Azul for the new tax that the latter intends to impose despite warnings about its illegality.
“To a greater or lesser extent, arbitrariness affects all citizens. We would have preferred to be heard, but – in the face of inflexibility – we had no choice but to take legal action, in defense of the Azuleños, against anyone,” they indicated from the entity.
The measure, sponsored by the law firms Comparato-Velez and Bomchil, involved, among other issues, information meetings, hundreds of telephone contacts with producers, and the compilation and organization of the necessary documentation.
According to what was reported, the demand was supported by the mandate of 190 partners, which represent a total of 190,975.80 hectares, no more and no less than 29.2% of the rural area of our district.
This figure, extremely eloquent, becomes more relevant if we consider that it is the amount accumulated by only one of the several similar lawsuits filed on the same issue. It is public knowledge that another significant number of producers and merchants took action through doctors Moroni and Merbilhaa. To this must also be added those who decided to opt for private litigation.
In any case, the general unrest in the face of an illegal and unconsulted measure, which is expected to be corrected by justice, is evident.
Collectability on the same line
The high rate of judicialization adds new evidence of the rejection caused by the measure promoted by the local ruling party.
According to figures recently reported by Mayor Sombra, questioned by Councilor Louge, during the first month of operation, only 35 to 40% of what was estimated for this unprecedented imposition would have been collected.
The poor proportional collection would be even lower if one takes into account that in certain cases taxpayers opted for monthly, quarterly or even annual payment “under protest”, which would imply that if the measure is judicially reversed, the Municipality could be forced to return the amounts received.
Contribution of the countryside to society
Contradicting what some sources point out, the union entity clarified that neither the judicialization nor the lack of payment can be attributed to anti-fiscal behavior or to the lack of solidarity of the productive sector.
As the numbers show, during January the Municipality of Azul collected around 35 million pesos as a “Fee for Conservation and Improvement of the Municipal Road Network”, maintaining a historical collectibility of close to 90%, despite obvious shortcomings in the compensation for that service. To the above must be added other municipal obligations, such as those collected through Guides, and dozens of provincial and national taxes, many of them co-shareable.
According to the Agricultural Foundation for the Development of Argentina – FADA, in December 2023, 59% of the income from the Argentine countryside was allocated to paying taxes. In other words, of every $100 of income -income minus costs-, $59 went to finance the State.
Blue Rural Society
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