Property tax farce is not inspiring confidence
IF THE authorities show such inefficiency while collecting the new local property tax, why should we believe that they will spend it effectively? That is one conclusion to be drawn from our revelations in today's newspaper about a 15-year-old girl receiving a local property tax bill for a house where her parents pay the mortgage.
Perhaps the most dispiriting thing about the revelation is that we had been warned in advance that such things would happen. No less a person than the head of the Revenue Commissioners, Josephine Feehily, told us weeks ago there would be foul-ups.
Ms Feehily predicted that dead people would be sent local property tax demand letters and bills that were the responsibility of landlords would go to tenants. She did not specify children getting a bill among her predictions.