Thursday 17 April 2014

Noonan signals property tax funds will be spent 'locally'

FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has signalled that he will allow revenue from the property tax to be "ring-fenced" for spending in local areas.

It came after the Irish Independent highlighted that the so-called "local" property tax contains no guarantee that money paid by homeowners in an area will be spent locally.

In the Dail yesterday, there were strong complaints from Dublin-based Fine Gael and Labour TDs that the property tax bill was "flawed" and could cause "social unrest" because their constituents would be paying too much to subsidise people in other parts of the country.

But although they were urged by the opposition to "break ranks", all government TDs voted in favour of the bill, which passed second stage in the Dail yesterday by 79 votes to 45.

Mr Noonan promised that the issue of ring-fencing property tax revenue for local councils would be considered.

But Fine Gael Dublin South TD Olivia Mitchell said that property tax would "not fly" in the capital and would cause social unrest because Dubliners would be paying too much while others paid too little. Fine Gael TD Peter Mathews also said it was "not fair", while the party's Dublin North TD Alan Farrell complained that the property tax legislation was being "rushed" through the Dail.

Irish Independent

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