65pc of Businesses Support the Need for a Property Tax
Created on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 10:46
Property Tax Must Be Used to Fund Vital Local Services
A Chambers Ireland survey publishes 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.
Speaking this morning Seán Murphy, Chambers Ireland Deputy Chief Executive 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 82pc 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 90pc of respondents in this survey support this view. A further 85pc 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," Murphy concluded.