Sinn Féin Councillor Imelda Munster has appealed to Louth County Councillors to support Sinn Féin’s call for the 15% reduction in Local Property Tax in order to give some relief and to ease the financial burden on taxpayers. The decision was deferred at today’s meeting until Friday.
Councillor Munster said “This year every cent of the Local Property Tax paid in Louth went on the setting up of Irish Water and in 2015 we will only receive 8.4 million euro, a reduction of almost 7 million euro on 2013 despite us being forced to pay this extra tax.”
“I put forward the motion to Louth County Council in order to ease the financial strain that working families are under and it is time that this government stopped going after the same people with their austerity taxes, especially when there are other options like bringing in a wealth tax instead. The public just can’t pay this tax on top of water charges which will take effect in just two weeks time with our first bills due in our doors the week after Christmas.”
Munster explained “having put forward the motion a long discussion took place and a Labour Party councillor who said he wasn’t in favour of giving the reduction to people, proposed we defer the meeting and the decision until this coming Friday the 19th. I am hoping that at least 15 of the 29 councillors will have the courage and the social conscience to back the Sinn Fein proposal for the maximum reduction on 15% this coming Friday. I would call on all Louth County Councillors to support this motion.”