Rural homeowners across the county are set to suffer a higher hike in the cost of their Local Property Tax than urban dwellers – a move that one former Minister claims is discriminatory…all the moreso given the lack of public services they get in return.
And according to Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív (FF), allowances to be made for rising house prices in urban areas will ‘punish’ rural homeowners, simply because the value of their house has not gone up.
The former Minister said that as a result, you could have two houses on the City and County Council’s jurisdiction boundary paying different rates – with the occupiers on the county side having to pay more.
“If I had two houses, one in Barna and one in Galway City, and they were both worth €250,000, I would be paying more for the one in Barna – it’s totally discriminatory.
“If you take, say between Barna and Knocknacarra, you could have the exact same houses with the exact same value, on opposite sides of the road, and one is in the county and the other in the city – the one in the county will be paying more,” said Deputy Ó Cuív.
What made this issue more pronounced was the fact that people in the county were getting less bang for their buck.
“That’s despite the fact that things like street lights, pavements, public sewage, etc., the things that people get for free in the city, are paid for out of people’s own pockets, or they don’t have them at all in rural areas.
“You’re paying more to have less services – it’s intolerable,” he added.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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