They didn’t ask, I didn’t pay, claims one Bray home­owner

Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

‘THEY NEVER asked us for it!' said one Bray home owner who did not pay the €100 house­hold charge last year. ‘ I took the view that I hadn't been re­quested to pay some­thing so I wasn't paying.'

The lo­cal mother who lives with her part­ner and their baby in a three-bed­room house in Bray will ex­pect a tax de­mand of ap­prox­i­mately €300 in the new prop­erty tax scheme, how­ever she be­lieves that the Government's method­ol­ogy is a dan­ger­ous and ir­re­spon­si­ble one.

‘I think it could dis­tort house prices even more if the rev­enue are plac­ing a value on your house. Then what hap­pens if that value dips even more? You are locked in to pay the tax for three years.'

She went on to say that she does not be­lieve this is a fair tax at all. ‘My home is in neg­a­tive eq­uity. Why should I have to pay a tax on some­thing which is of no fi­nan­cial ben­e­fit to me?'

The woman added that she will have to dip in to pre­cious sav­ings in or­der to make any pay­ment in the fu­ture.

‘I don't think it should be im­ple­mented at all,' she an­swered, when asked how the Government could have in­tro­duced the charge in a more fair way.

‘Peo­ple sim­ply can­not af­ford it.' While the Bray woman does not be­lieve that pri­vate ren­tal ten­ants should be ex­pected to pay the prop­erty tax, she does think that lo­cal author­ity ten­ants should be obliged to. ‘ They should if ev­ery­one else has to.'

Op­posi­ton to the house­hold tax re­mains strong.

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