The mayor of Qom has said that the Value Added Tax (VAT) is one of the sustainable revenues of the municipality.
Dr. Seyyed Morteza Saghaiannejad stressed the importance of developing sustainable revenues for the municipalities, stating that Qom municipality is one of the organizations that does not have an allocated budget.
Referring to the significance of allocating the VAT to the Qom Municipality, Saghaiannejad reiterated that the amount of Value Added Tax specified in the law is 50.000 billion rials, while the municipalities’ expenditures are over 1.000 billion rials.
Unfortunately, since the commercial offices of some large factories operating in Qom are located in Tehran, their VAT is not allocated to the city of Qom, he noted, asking the authorities to find a solution to this issue.
Moreover, he criticized Iran’s previous government for not fulfilling its obligations towards the municipalities.
They have stopped allocating funds to worn-out areas, public transportation and green space, and helps the municipality to pay only 50% of the cost of city train construction, the mayor added.
Dr. Seyyed Morteza Saghaiannejad is the 17th mayor after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Qom, who has been elected to this position three times by the Islamic Council of Qom.