Tari per capita in Sicily in 2018 increased by 8% compared to the previous year. In Palermo the situation is even worse, with costs rising close to 10%. The analytical data, which relate to the tax on waste paid by citizens and businesses, are contained in the report by the Confcommercio Local Tax Observatory, which speaks of "an unsustainable and often unjustified weight".
The figure for Sicily is the worst in Italy after Umbria, confirming the ever-increasing distance between the service offered and the standard needs. Specifically, Palermo contributes 122 million and a half to the cost of the Tari (which at national level amounts to 9 billion and a half).
"We pay more for an increasingly poor service. The alarm launched last month is now reflected in the official Confcommercio numbers. And the data released by the Region on separate collection, with Palermo at 18.9%, do not even come close to a barely acceptable standard, considering that by law at least 65% should be reached and that the Sicilian average is 39% ". To say it is Patrizia Di Dio, president of Confcommercio Palermo and member of the National Council of Confcommercio with delegation to the environment.
"We cannot resign ourselves to the deterioration of the civic sense that has caused failures in terms of urban decor, environment, public hygiene, health and the image of the city – continues Di Dio -. Now Palermo lives on emergencies, as if it were not possible to face and solve problems in a rational and programmatic way. We will continue to ask the municipal administration to guarantee service standards at the height of a large capital for tourism purposes. Only in this way can we increase that civic sense which is instead being lost and which risks fueling a dangerous cultural drift ”.
"An efficient urban waste collection and management service can only bring benefits to the environment but also to that indispensable need for decorum, image and public hygiene, which should normally characterize our cities. Instead, for years, we record critical situations, especially in many southern cities. To demand an adequate service is a must, to protect all citizens and their health ”.
"The situation photographed by Confcommercio's national report – concludes Patrizia Di Dio – requires urgent answers. The proposal is to initiate concrete and effective actions in order to limit the freedom, up until now granted to the Municipalities, to be able to determine the cost of financial plans including improper cost items (such as personnel), binding local authorities to respect legal regulations such as the one that obliges them to take into account their needs ”.
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