The Environment Minister Phil Hogan is to punish North and South Tipperary County Councils and local authorities around the country for the chaos he created over the household charge, according to Fianna Fáil Councillor John Carroll.
Cllr Carroll has expressed his outrage at the news that the budget of North Tipperary County Council will be slashed by E1.4 million because of the Government’s failure to collect the household charge.
“This is an extremely serious development that will cause enormous problems for North Tipperary County Council. It is Minister Hogan’s fault, and not the fault of the Council, that the collection of the household charge was woefully mismanaged from the start.
“That Minister Hogan would even consider penalising local authorities for the chaos that he created is a disgrace. Minister Hogan has written to all County Managers to announce that he is cutting their budgets by between 5% and 15%, depending on the success of the household charge collection in the county. It was never the job of local authorities to manage the roll out of the household charge and it is deeply unfair to punish them for Minister Hogan’s mess. This bully policy will lead to serious funding problems in local services here in Tipperary. How can the Council keep its commitments to local communities in the face of a E1.4 million cut?
“Minister Hogan’s bullish approach has already caused great confusion and distress to homeowners in Co Tipperary. Now people here are learning that their local services are in the firing line as a result of the mess that the Minister himself made.”