In our commune (and the 4 surrounding that have amalgamated (sp) with ours) Taxe Sejour has been set at 20c per head per night (over the age of 14) for some years.
To our horror we received notification in the post on Saturday that the nightly rate is going up to 65c AND that it WILL be charged at your max capacity rate regardless of the number of guests staying and regardless of if you have ANY guests! So if you are open you pay!
So this week I have one couple in one of my gites. I have 2 gites that can each sleep 6, they are registered with our Mairie & Prefecture. So I have to pay 12 x 65c per night that I am open!
I spoke (well my wife did as she is fluent) to the tourist office who confirmed our fears & said it was out of their control, but that they are getting inundated with complaints from unhappy gite owners.
We explained that we will have to reduce our capacity to 4 (there will be a cost for this 're-registration') and that we will now be 'forced' to close from end of Autumn half term to Easter as we cannot afford to do otherwise. Apparently other owners have said the same.
Oh, the best bit..... the reason for this hike in tax?.... 'there are too many gites out there who do not contribute and are not registered so the local authorities are not receiving as much taxe sejour as they should'. Great instead of going after those who are not registered, hit those that have paid (in our case for last 7 years) on the dot.
Disgruntled? You bet I am!