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Palma Terrace Tax

Bars' terrace tax to be revised

What could be better than relaxing on the terrace of a bar or restaurant in a quaint old square, a cobbled street or watching the world go busily by on one of Palma's main streets? It's the stuff holidays are made of if you're here on a break, or a pick me up if you're having a fraught day in the office!

As we've seen recently, the pavement terrace is such an important feature of city life as bars that have them have seen profits increase by enormous amounts this mild winter, and in a recent popular referendum, the Palma public voted in favour of keeping the terraces on the main Paseo del Borne.

Because the bars' terraces are on public property, they have to pay a tax based on the size of their terrace and the category of the area. The most popular upmarket areas attract a higher tax than other areas of the city, but like most cities there's an ebb and flow of fashionable or up and coming areas.

The last time the bar terrace tax areas were assessed was a few years ago so Palma council wants to reassess their bases for taxation to take into account the new popularity of trendy areas like Santa Catalina and Sa Gerreria which have exploded with life over the last few years.

Sounds fair enough to me, and it's a good excuse to post a few photos of terraces throughout the city where you'll see; Born 8 on the Paseo del Borne, Cappuccino on the Paseo Maritimo, Diecisietegrados in Santa Catalina, Bar Nicolas in Plaza del Mercado, Weyler on Plaza Weyler and Coto on Plaza Drassana.

Chin Chin!