“The Governments action programme of ‘Putting People First’ for effective Local Government has failed the people of Limerick” Claims local election candidate Des Hayes Limerick City North”
“We need to ‘Stand Up and Fight for Our City and County to have the Property Tax ringfenced for community and a system of transparency and accountability put in place before any notion of a Mayor can be entertained”.
The Household charge was inflicted in 2011 and replaced by the Local Property Tax in 2014.
The fundamental principles of taxation are simplicity, neutrality, stability and flexibility, and three broad methods of taxation (income, wealth and consumption). The benefit principle of taxation is based on two ideas.
The first and foremost is that those who benefit from services should be the ones who pay for them. Secondly, people should pay taxes in proportion to the amount of services or benefits they receive. The LPT was sold as a community taxation that would be ringfenced to go back into the local communities.
It hasn’t! Instead nearly €20 million is siphoned into Limerick City and County running expenses and commissioning reports on buying buildings for development. Hundreds of community groups providing essential services across Limerick City and County are left with begging bowls to continue to run essential services.
Government claims of equality and fair distribution of funds is NOT HITTING the right people and communities. Back in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ day the Government took in €48 Billion http://www.budget.gov.ie/Budgets/2008/Documents/Whitepaper08.pdf to the exchequer and managed the public finances including Health and Education adequately.
By 2018 the exchequer take was over €60 Billion with 2019 set to exceed €65 Billion https://assets.gov.ie/5386/030119172427-f055b1a7a69943e8b97e6b7eda6199b5.pdf and yet the Government are failing across the board in managing all parts of the economy.
It was extremely hard for everyone when austerity measures were inflicted upon each of us but we all took the pain and supported the Limerick man Michael Noonan who masterminded Irelands turnaround and to which great credit is due.
But since Mr Noonan’s departure the economy although growing has isolated itself in SPIN and fashionable Social Media serving itself and not the nation!
Local Property Tax allocations paid from the Local Government Fund are there to help fund essential local services such as, supporting community organisations, public parks; libraries; open spaces and leisure amenities; planning and development; fire and emergency services; maintenance and cleaning of streets and street lighting, all benefitting citizens directly have failed miserably, according to Des.
“Daily we have local disasters in Health, Education, and failed infrastructure projects by the government and its cosy coalition partners. I hate the waste of money all over the place – the Children’s Hospital and still no hospital for our children. A Taoiseach with fancy socks while bodies are seeping in Waterford Hospital”, declare Ruth.
Des went on to say: “we need to ‘Stand Up and Fight for Our City and County to have the Property Tax ringfenced for community and a system of transparency and accountability put in place before any notion of a Mayor can be entertained”