Voters reject advert ban and more tax

City of Geneva voters have ended the debate on banning advertising in outdoor spaces by deciding against the move.

Left-wing activists argued the on-street billboards were an eyesore and blocked the paths. Others say they’re an essential advertising channel for local businesses – and brings in around CHF 4m a year for the commune. Voters rejected by the plan by 52%.

On a cantonal level, voters said ‘no’ to more tax. Left wing parties wanted to bring in tax on dividends paid to shareholders.

Voters rejected the plan by 59%.

The result was welcomed by the cantonal finance minister, Nathalie Fontanet. She says more taxes in Geneva would have endangered the attractiveness of the canton, which is already relatively highly taxed. 

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