Monday 24 July 2017

Curing the sickness in our councils

As opposition to the Government's new household charge intensifies, the fact that almost one working day in every 20 is lost to absenteeism in the country's 34 county and city councils shows why we need a local property tax and the accountability it will bring with it.

Yesterday Taoiseach Enda Kenny expressed the hope that the new property tax, which will replace the household charge in 2013, would ultimately be the responsibility of the country's local authorities.

While the introduction of a property tax on households that would be used to fund local services would merely bring Ireland into line with most other developed countries, hard-pressed householders are entitled to expect that their money isn't wasted on inefficiency and feather-bedding.

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