Smarter debt collection could lift local authorities by €200m
We have been told that it is necessary to raise €160m in property charges next year which will go towards funding local services because we have been 'forced' to impose local taxation as part of Ireland's obligations under the EU-IMF rescue plan.
Water charges are also in the pipeline (so to speak). These taxes are part of the €1.5bn revenue-raising package to which Ireland is committed.
There is an alternative solution to bridging this financing gap, which will cost nothing to compliant householders and businesses.