North Leitrim Independent Cllr.Sean Mc Sharry has called on the department of the Environment to extend the exemption from the property tax to all unfinished housing estates.
Cllr Mc Sharry was speaking on a motion he had before Leitrim County Council due to the high numbers of constituents who had contacted him in relation to the property tax.
“It is my belief that this is an unfair and unjust tax and should not be imposed on the Irish people from the I.M.F. However those residents who reside in unfinished estates feel particularly aggrieved that not alone are their homes in serious negative equity but they are now being forced to pay a Tax on houses that are not finished to the specifications they were sold at. People have already had their incomes and spending ability slashed by various austerity measures and to add insult to injury we have a government that wants to impose a tax on estates where basic water and sewerage along with inadequate lighting remain unfinished and in some cases a serious health and safety issue.”
Cllr McSharry also pointed to recent economic figures showing the difference in home ownership between European States and Ireland, Using Germany as a prime example where only 45% of houses were owner occupied compared to 75% in Ireland and in Berlin the German capital 70% of residential property was rented.
“On these figures alone it is quite clear that just because a property tax works on a highly industrialised state like Germany that you can apply the same model to a country on the periphery makes no economic sense and contradicts the very foundation of a equal European Union.”
Cllr McSharry concluded by urging the Government to reverse this unjust tax.