Saturday 22 July 2017

Coppinger slams 'draconian' property tax

THE NEW property tax announced in the Budget has been dubbed 'draconian' and 'anti-family' by a Socialist Part councillor.

Cllr Eugene Coppinger (SP) told a meeting of the full council that Fingal homes faced an average bill of over €400 for the controversial tax with no provision for exemptions for the unemployed or those in mortgage arrears or in negative equity. 'I don't know where the Government think people are going to get the money from,' he told his fellow councillors. Cllr May McKeon (NP) said she acknowledged there was a need to raise new revenues but said that the household charge and property tax were 'penal taxes' and were 'grossly unfair and badly thought out'. Cllr Ciaran Byrne (Lab) said that a properly thought out property tax was one of the most 'progressive' forms of taxation but the tax proposed based purely on property value was unfair to people in Fingal and meant that monies raised in this county would go to subsidise other counties. He said that people in large rural farms were not being asked to pay a penny and said that when he proposed a fairer way of taxing property that included taking account of the ability to pay, Socialist Party councillors voted against it.

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