Calls for property tax to be reduced by 15% have been made by members of Tipperary County Council.
Members availed of the first opportunity to bring up the property tax issue at the first full meeting of the council held in Clonmel.
Members supported a motion tabled by Cllr. Jim Ryan calling on the council to start the process to find ways of reducing the property tax by 15% in the budget for 2015.
Cllr. Denis Leahy (Indpt) said vital services were not being provided, people were living in housing estates with no lights, no footpaths and roads not propertly finished. The people of Tipperary paying the property tax wanted value for money, he said.
Cllr. Michael Murphy (FG) said the merger of the two councils would generate significant savings and he was looking forward to the council coming back to them with proposals on how to reduce property tax and the commercial rates.
Cllr. Pat English (WUAG) said his group were totally opposed to the charge.
Families were under huge distress trying to meet bills every week and should not have to pay the property tax, he claimed
Cllr. Kieran Burke (Indpt) said that whatever about reductions, there should not be an increase in the property charge.
Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose (FF) supported the motion and called on the officials to give it some consideration.
Cllr. David Dunne (SF) said it was ironic to hear a Fianna Fail councillor support such a motion when that party set up the property tax and Fine Gael implemented it.
County Manager Joe McGrath said a public consultation process on the matter was taking place over the next month and he encouraged members of the public to participate in that.
Such decisions could only be made when members would be in full knowledge of the expenditure and income of the council which would be provided as part of the budget process in due time.