I’m beginning to think that tax resistance may be the national sport of Argentina. Here’s yet another example, one that seems unrelated to the other two I’ve recounted in recent weeks:
Neighbors in the town of Justo Daract decided not to pay until the mayor tells them what he would do with so much money.
A grass-roots [my latest best-guess translation for «autoconvocados»] group of neighbors in the puntana [I think this means it’s in San Luis] city of Justo Daract called the community to a “tax revolt” against the collection of a municipal rate that experienced an increase of almost 400 percent.
“We have decided not to pay the municipal fees until such time as the mayor (Ramón Domínguez) gives account before the public authorities of what he spends on administration,” said Ramón Guerrero, one of the grass-roots neighbors, according to a press release.
For his part, the president of the local City Council, the Justicalist Daniel Pairone, accused Domínguez of “handling, , between 40 and 60 million pesos, the fate of which is unknown because he doesn’t give explanations.”
“Never since he came to hold a balance of power in the City Council has he set foot in the district, so far in this administration,” said Pairone.
Another councilman, the radical John Rodríguez, said that “Domínguez tries to protect himself, justifying the tax increase by saying that what he is doing enforces a resolution from that had never been applied.”
On , the neighbors will make a march on the city capital, where they will demand the intervention of the provincial governor, Alberto Rodríguez Saá.
The initiative of the grass-roots neighbors counts on the support of the provincial deputies from Frente Juntos for San Luis: Eduardo Gargiulo, Carlos Berro, and Mónica Beatriz Ruti; and also expressed the support of the legislator for the Falkland Islands Veterans’ Movement, Alberto Magallanes.