North Tipperary householders have been urged not to register for the Household Charge that came into operation from January 1.
The E100 charge must be paid before the end of March and householders can pay it by logging on to the North Tipperary County Council website.
A message on the council’s website states: “The EU/IMF Programme of Financial Support for Ireland commits the Government to the introduction of a property tax for 2012. We are one of the last countries in Europe that does not fund local services through local property-based charges.
“These services are essential to your community. They include: fire and emergency services; maintenance and cleaning of streets; planning and development; public parks; street lighting; libraries; open spaces and leisure amenities. These facilities benefit everyone.”
However, Sinn Fein councill Seamus Morris has asked people not to register.
“I am not asking people to go to jail. I am just asking that they make it difficult to collect this. It should be possible for the Government to find out who owns what without us having to make life easy for them,” he said.
Cllr Morris described the Household Charge as “just an extra tax”, and that the Minister for the Environment had put out the statement about services to “soften people up to pay it”.
“We are already paying a huge amount in motor tax and excise duty on fuel. There is no tolerance for another tax. This money is going out of the country to pay failed bankers and bondholders,” he said. “German and French bondholders have the governments of Europe caught by the you know what.”
The Nenagh-based councillor maintained the E100 charge was “just the Government asking us to roll over so they could tickle our bellies. But when they look at how much they took in, they will only increase it.”
Cllr Morris also urged people not to register for the septic tank charge.