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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Public meeting over home charges

DEPUTY CLARE DALY TO HOST INFORMATION SESSION IN SWORDS

THE campaign against household and water charges is coming to Swords this week in a public meeting hosted by Clare Daly TD.

The public meeting will take place at the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords on Thursday, September 20, at 8 p.m. The campaign against household and water taxes is calling a major public meeting at what they say is 'a crucial time when the Government are trying to fast track plans for a property tax next year on the family home of anything between €400 to €800 for an average house'.

The campaign has warned that Fingal has been selected as a pilot scheme area for the introduction of water meters as a first step in the imposition of water charges. Deputy Daly said: 'Eighty per cent of people are opposed to these charges and 50 per cent have still not registered for the household tax. 'I am calling on people to stand firm and make a stand. As the Government prepares to send out a third threatening letter to non-payers it is time for a new show of strength hold firm, don't be bullied and come to the information meeting.'

A pilot survey to establish the number and location of stopcocks in three local authority areas is set to begin in October. Fingal, Kerry and Wexford are understood to be the first counties to be surveyed in an attempt to establish how many stopcocks, which are located underground, generally just outside property boundaries, are serving homes across the State. The pilot surveys alone are likely to take several months to complete. It is not known when the remaining 30 local authorities will begin assessing the location of their stopcocks.

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