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Postby ladymuck » Mon 27 Mar 2006 14:49

Is there anything such as water rates or council tax? I assuming that mains water doesn't come for free! Although if it is then perhaps the UK water companies should visit to find out why! :)
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Postby Tim » Mon 27 Mar 2006 17:37

There is no council tax, poll tax or property rates at the moment. However now that Malta is getting quite a lot of funding from the EC it is expected that some kind of habitation-based tax will have to be introduced because the EC doesn´t like handing out to those who don´t make a fair stab of raising funds for themselves (except to the French of course!).

Water is metered and charged on consumption basis plus meter rental, as is electricity. In fact both utilities come on a combined bill every 2 months. The actual tariffs are difficult to explain because they vary depending on how many people live at the billed address. The electricity rate also increases the more you use. As with th UK, it has been subject to surcharges lately because of the price of oil and the current surcharge is about 67%

There is no mains gas supply. Bottled gas is used by many for cooking and for heating in winter. You apply for your bottles when you arrive and pay a deposit for each one - I think it is Lm5. When they are empty you swap ´em for full ones. Last year it cost Lm2 and Lm5 per bottle, depending on the size. I didn´t need any this winter so I don´t know if it has gone up.

The only other tax or surprise cost I can think of is the swimming pool license. It is Lm1 per cubic metre of pool capacity per year.
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Postby ladymuck » Mon 27 Mar 2006 18:02

Thanks Tim, that's really helpful.

I'm going to have to start collating all this info somewhere sensible, there's so much useful stuff on this site!
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Postby Tim » Mon 27 Mar 2006 18:15

Umm, I though this was somewhere sensible!!

Seriously though, if you do collate stuff that would be great. We are thinking of revamping the Malta forum because a lot of the info has become buried in older threads etc, so any collation that you do and would be prepared to share would help a lot!

I hope to spend a bit of time before Easter doing this - if you´d liketo help I´ll contact you privately!

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Postby ladymuck » Fri 31 Mar 2006 07:33

Hi Tim

I'd be happy to help, I haven't started making any sensible notes yet but need to soon because there's only so much I'm able to remember! :)

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Postby tharsos » Fri 24 Nov 2006 12:32

Tim wrote:There is no mains gas supply. Bottled gas is used by many for cooking and for heating in winter. You apply for your bottles when you arrive and pay a deposit for each one - I think it is Lm5. When they are empty you swap ´em for full ones. Last year it cost Lm2 and Lm5 per bottle, depending on the size.


Where can you apply for those gas bottles?
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Postby peterj » Fri 24 Nov 2006 17:42

I think you will find the info here

http://www.enemalta.com.mt/page.asp?p=952&l=1

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