Sinn Féin Donegal County Councillors have today proposed to reduce the local property tax by the full 15% that Council is mandated to do. The proposal was defeated by a vote of 20-9 with four abstentions.
Speaking after the vote Cllr Gary Doherty said:
"Sinn Féin believes that the local property tax is a regressive, unjust austerity measure and the 15% reduction will result in €1.5m going back into people’s pockets throughout this County. This proposal would have been a small step on the road to complete abolition of the local property tax, which is Sinn Féin’s policy should we be elected to government.”
“In addition to the water charges, the local property tax was introduced by the government as part of its austerity agenda with absolutely no regard to people’s ability to pay. As a result, those who can afford to pay more in tax simply don’t. There are people on very high earnings living next door to those who struggle to pay - a situation resulting from the variation of property prices over time. That is a failed policy on the part of the government.”
“At a time when over 110,000 families are in mortgage distress of over 90 days in this country and deprivation levels remain unacceptably high, the regressive and blanket nature of the local property tax is simply unacceptable.
"We in Sinn Fèin are saddened that the other Councillors in Donegal could not see this and did not support our proposal."