THE Government meltdown over the Local Property Tax fiasco is proof they are “making it up as they go along” according to anti-austerity campaigners.
There is uproar as the government tries to make a third of people pay up before the end of this month – taking millions out of the economy in the run-up to Christmas.
“Phil Hogan has also backtracked on his commitment that 80% of the property tax paid for 2014 would be used to fund local services, by now stating that local authorities will not get any of the LPT until 2015, and that the €500 million collected for 2014 will be used instead to fund Irish Water,” said campaigner Joe Murphy.
“So they tax our homes to fund a company that will then tax our water – you couldn’t make this stuff up.We were told we were paying the Local Property Tax to provide local services.
“On June 6th 2012 Donegal County Council urged people to pay or otherwise they warned there will be a significant shortfall in revenue for the council to provide services such as road repairs, libraries and crucially, fire and emergency services. Is that still the case or will it be paid out of our national tax, just as it should be?”
He called on Senator Jimmy Harte and Deputy Joe McHugh to explain themselves to the public of Donegal.
He urged Joe McHugh to resign – and run against him in a by-election.
“As for Jimmy Harte, he is a disgrace to the people of Donegal and should resign forthwith. He has no mandate from the people and is nothing but an embarrassment,” said Murphy.