Sinn Féin County Councillor David Doran described the current consultation process that supposedly allows the public the opportunity to have their say on the Local Property Tax as “a sham exercise and a cynical attempt to pretend there has been meaningful consultation.”
Councillor Doran said. “The consultation period that purports to give the public a say on their council’s budget and the amount their local authority can charge under the Local Property Tax (LPT) comes to an end over the next couple of days.
“The short time period available to make a submission and the failure to properly inform people that they have an opportunity to make their voice heard on the LPT shows that the ‘consultation’ is a deceitful exercise.
“It will not hide the fact that the government is imposing an unfair, regressive tax on householders which will have the greatest impact on thousands of citizens who already struggle to make ends meet.
“Minister Hogan, Enda Kenny and other Government spokespeople have said that the local property tax will be used for footpaths, street lighting, parks and local amenities yet this year €486 million, almost all of the money taken in from the tax, has gone to Irish Water.
“Since May’s election, Sinn Féin councillors have been introducing motions at council level that would reduce the LPT by 15%, the maximum amount allowed under the existing legislation. This is in line with our pre-election commitments.
“By contrast, the government is pretending to listen to the views of the people when, in reality, they are determined to push ahead and increase the burden on homeowners by forcing them to pay an annual levy on their home.”