Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s elected members have given their support for an upcoming bid in the Dail to repeal the Local Property Tax.
Councillors unanimously supported Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Liam Walsh’s motion tabled at their May meeting calling for their support for Sinn Fein’s introduction of the Finance (Local Property Tax repeal) Bill 2013 that will come before the Dail in early July.
Cllr Walsh (SF) said it would probably be the last chance to stop the tax and urged his colleagues on the Council to lobby the TDs in their own parties to support the Bill.
Independent Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin said he supported the repeal bill because he considered the LAPT to be a draconian tax that was only going to keep increasing.
Another Independent Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald said he supported the motion despite some reservations On reading the Bill, he was surprised to see Sinn Fein planned to give back the LAPT money collected if they get into Government. He couldn’t understood how they could achieve this as the cost would run into hundreds of millions.
Labour Cllr Sarah Dunne also supported the motion despite being a member of one of the Government parties. She agreed it was a draconian tax and she believed it shouldn’t be introduced at this time.