Press Release: Property Tax Must Be Used to Fund Vital Local Services

A Chambers Ireland survey published this morning (28/03/12) has indicated that the majority of businesses support the introduction of a domestic property tax. Respondents also overwhelmingly agreed that any property tax should be used to fund local rather than national services.

Commenting on this morning’s survey Pat Whelan, President of Mullingar Chamber of Commerce said, “The results of this Chamber Network survey confirm strong business support for a property tax. Businesses currently pay high commercial rates and other charges to their Local Authority. A broad based property tax would ensure fairness and support the application of the user/polluter pays principle that the Chamber Network has always advocated, and which over 82% of respondents in the survey also support.”

It is currently unclear how the household charge is going to be distributed once collected. We must ensure that when a broad based property tax system is established, it is used solely to fund local services. Over 90% of respondents in this survey support this view. A further 85% of those surveyed also believe that if they are contributing directly to their Local Authority, then they should have a greater say in how their budgets are spent. Ultimately, the property tax should be a local tax for local services to support an appropriately structured and self-sustaining Local Government system,” Whelan concluded.

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