Saturday, June 8, 2013

Property Tax should be repealed - Kelly

A local councillor is calling on County Wexford's five sitting TDs to support a motion calling for the repeal of the property tax which will be voted on in the Dail next week.  Sinn Féin Cllr Anthony Kelly has said that these TDs have a moral obligation to vote down the hated tax which has caused so much heartache for families across this county since its inception as the household charge in early 2012.

Cllr Kelly said;

"Next week Sinn Féin will use its speaking time in the Dail to put forward the Property Tax Repeal Bill 2013.  The aim of this bill is to have the property tax abolished and the undemocratic proposition of a home tax crushed once and for all."

"The government is gloating over the recent figures of those who have paid that property tax.  The vast majority of those who paid did so under extreme duress.  There is nothing to gloat about here.  The democratic will of the people was ignored as a lazy incompetent administration looked for the easiest revenue raising option and borrowed heavily from the infamous Fianna Fail 'four year plan' to bring us this hated tax."
"There were always other options available to the government.  The sensible alternatives such as a wealth tax or the introduction of a third rate of income tax for those earning over €100,000 were never investigated.  We are committed to overturning this tax and introducing these progressive measures.  If we are defeated, our councillors who will be elected in the 2014 locals are mandated to support the maximum reduction of 15% in the property tax.  This fight is not over yet."

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