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SAPASMA water costs in San Miguel are reduced with an INAPAM card. If you are a Permanent Resident, the water bill is in your name and you pay in January or February, SAPAMA will give a discount on city water. If you pay the whole year at once you receive another discount of 10% for a total of 60%. The 50 % discount on the first 20 cubic meters which equates to approximately 91 pesos. So, the savings is 45 pesos if your usage is 20 cubic meters or more in a month providing the bill is in your name. This does not apply to Temporary Residents.
INAPAM (Instituto Nacional de las Personas Adultas Mayores) is a senior's discount card for those 60 years of age and over. They are available to citizens plus Temporary and Permanent Residents. It provides benefits throughout Mexico. Here in San Miguel I will obtain your card for you after coming to your home for the required documents, etc. Once completed I will return with your INAPAM card. We contribute significantly to help the office and the people they support. The public may only apply one day a week which means being there at 7:30 am and waiting up to 2 hours hoping you have the correct forms etc..
In many municipalities including San Miguel your INAPAM card will allow for discounts on water and property taxes. And, upon showing your INAPAM card many places of business, parks, hot springs, museums, movie theaters, etc. will provide a discount. Below is a summary.
This government list of benefits is often being revised so please check back regularly.
Property taxes in San Miguel may be reduced for those who have an INAPAM card and are Permanent Residents. However, if you pay in the first 2 months of the calendar year and receive the early payment discounts of 15% or 10% the INAPAM discount will not apply. Taxation office staff will come to your property to inspect to see if you are operating a business. You need to complete a form at the tax office (no letter required) and provide original and copy of official ID and predial tax bill plus your Permanent Resident visa. The discount will only apply to the following year. This discount does not apply to Temporary Residents.
Pharmacies: Wal-Mart, Bodega Aurrera, Soriana, La Comer, Sam's Club, Superama, etc.
Laboratories: such as Simi, CHOPO and some Orthopedic and Optical centers.
Restaurants: including California, Wings, Woolworth, Applebee's, El Porton, Pastelerías El Globo, Vip's, SanBorn's Cafeteria, etc.
Department Store: Suburbia
Recreation & Cultural: Hotels, Water Parks including Xote and others in San Miguel de Allende, Museums, Recreational Parks, Archeological Sites
Buses: ETN and Primera Plus 50% discount
Airlines: Interjet and AeroMexico 15 to 20% based on age and usually not on having an INAPAM card.
Movie Theaters: Cinepolis, Cinemex