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Merida, Yucatan — On the last day of 2019, the state government established a security tax for all property owners in Yucatan.

The new levy helps the state maintain public safety technology, such as surveillance cameras. Some details were published in the Official Gazette, which lays out the laws of the land.

Taxes vary according to the government’s UMA, a federal economic index. Right now, the 3.44 UMA security fee amounts to around 300 pesos, or US$16, every month. A 2020 UMA has not yet been established.

How the tax is collected has not been decided. The fee may be added to electric bills, according to state officials, although federal officials said that procedure was not feasible.

Federal, state and municipal authorities are exempt from the fee, as are property owners whose monthly consumption of basic services is 100 pesos or less.

Exemptions also include the owners or holders of properties that are in the irrigation districts and are built distribute water for agriculture and livestock.

Source: Diario de Yucatan

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