In the northern capital, they plan to adopt a law “On the introduction of a resort tax on the territory of St. Petersburg.” The corresponding bill of the governor of the city is posted on the website of the city administration. Until March 21, he is undergoing an anti-corruption examination.
A fee of 100 rubles per day is proposed to be charged from adult hotel guests at the place of their stay if they stay longer than a day, excluding the day of arrival.
The document was developed in accordance with the federal law of July 29, 2017 No. 214 “On conducting an experiment on the development of resort infrastructure.” The experiment in St. Petersburg will last from August 1, 2023 to December 31, 2024.
The bill specifies beneficiaries who will be exempted from the fee. These are veterans and participants of the Great Patriotic War, low-income families, victims of radiation disasters, athletes participating in competitions held in the city, the disabled and others.
Recall that the governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov raised the issue of the collection in April 2019 at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Later, speaking with the residents of the Moscow region, Alexander Beglov told how the idea was born:
– It is necessary to repair the historical facades in the city. It needs 17 billion. I come to the Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin. He says: “There is no money.” I told him that we are not asking for money. Give us the right to raise money ourselves. It is necessary to amend the Tax Code and make a tourist tax. Approved. Then I go to President Vladimir Putin. He says: “Anything, just don’t ask for money.” He outlined the idea with the collection, Vladimir Vladimirovich also supported it. After all, what is 100 rubles for a foreigner? A little over 1 euro. And we get a billion rubles a year.
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