Will Fianna Fail and Fine Gael block cut in rate again this year?
Sligo News File Online
Five days time will see members of Sligo County Council assemble to decide the level of tax to be imposed on the homes of families in the county.
The draconian tax arises out of a Memorandum of Understanding agreed between the last Fianna Fail-led government and the Troika. No family is exempted, be they the sick, the elderly, the impoverished struggling to keep a roof over their head. All are obliged to pay irrespective of whether they can afford to or not. And to ensure no family escapes the tax on their home, the current Fine Gael – Labour Coalition has granted the Revenue Commissioners the power to screw it out of pensions, welfare payments, wages, salaries, farm payments. No mercy is shown as the Coalition goes about hitting the worst off in society; they are being clobbered thanks in no small measure to Fianna Fail that cleared the way for the oppressive tax in the first place.
When the issue came up at a meeting of the County Council last year, there was a proposal on the table to reduce the rate by 15%. It would have been a small concession to families driven to distraction in trying to find the money for all the taxes, all the charges, all the levies that have been dropped on the country in the years since 2011. But Fianna Fail and Fine Gael Councillors resolved to deny any relief whatsoever from the tax to local householders, they went ahead and bulldozed the proposed small reduction in the property tax straight off the table.
Now Councillors are meeting again on 28 September to examine the tax; they have the power to reduce it, as reduce it they should and must, if there’s to be any fair play at all shown to the people who elected them to the Council. It is regularly questioned why any family in the county should be be compelled to meet debts over which they were given no say in whatsoever. Sligo is already indebted to the tune of more than €120 million, not counting the mega costs of the case taken in the High and Supreme courts by the owners of Lissadell after the Council moved in relation to rights of way over the north Sligo historic estate. There’s also a current recommendation to make what would amount to a €2 million contribution to ease the multi-million euro debt of the airport at Knock, again without the people being given any formal right to ask why.
The meeting in the Council offices, Riverside, on Monday, is scheduled to commence at 11am. IT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, AND SHOULD BE ATTENDED BY ALL INTERESTED IN SEEING AND HEARING THEIR COUNCILLORS DEBATE THE TAX THEY WILL HAVE TO PAY TO LIVE IN THEIR HOMES FOR THE COMING YEAR.
Meanwhile, Dublin City Council has cut the property tax on homes of city families by 15%. “This is a small step on the road to complete abolition of the local property tax, which is Sinn Féin’s policy should we be elected to government,” a spokesman for Sinn Fein said this evening.