Sinn Fein’s Cllr Seamus Morris has stated that the Local Property Tax and the Household Charge are being “forcibly taken from people‘s wages”.
He made his comments to the Tipperary Star after he told North Tipperary County Council he had paid his tax “under duress”.
The Revenue Commissioners have confirmed to the Tipperary Star that it has directed local authorities to deduct LPT from councillors and employees who failed to pay the tax. However, Cllr Morris, who is against the tax and who works as a postman, confirmed he did not have the tax taken from his council allowance.
“The county manager loves to tell everybody that there is a 91 per cent compliance rate in North Tipperary. But it is not compliance when wages are being raided,” he said.
Cllr Morris further stated that the money collected in North Tipperary was being pumped into Irish Water to pay salaries of over E100,000 to its executives. “Out of E3.5m collected in North Tipperary, only E700,000 was left here. In my eye that is theft, it is not compliance. It is little more than a cash machine for Irish Water.”
He said the new Tipperary County Council was being being set up at a time when there were less services, more taxes and less chance of it being properly funded. “It is starting its new dawn with a serious lack of funding,” he said.
And the local election candidate criticised candidates where are promising to cut the property tax by 15 per cent if elected. Among those to make such a call is Fine Gael’s Cllr Conor Delaney.
“I call on them to stop making false promises and instead to give us back the 85 per cent that was robbed from us last year,” he said.