Independent TD Thomas Pringle (pictured) has condemned the introduction of the ‘Household Charge’ as a tax too far and an unfair burden on our already heavily taxed working people.
“We live in a society where retail spending has declined for the fortieth month in succession and this move by the government will further depress spending in the economy and push us deeper into recession,” commented Deputy Pringle.
“Over the last few years we have started to see the creeping privatisation of water services in the country with the operation and maintenance of water treatment plants being handed over to multinationals. The use of this tax to roll out universal water metering in the country will provide the final step needed to hand our water infrastructure over to multinationals to profiteer on,” said Pringle.
“The Minister may argue that the charge is only €100 pa but this is just the thin end of the wedge,” states Pringle, “over ten years ago Donegal County Council estimated that it would need a water charge of over €500 pa to cover the cost of providing water at that time, what will the real water tax be in 2012?”
“‘Can’t pay won’t pay’ will be the campaign slogan opposing the new tax. It is time the government learned that they cannot tax our problems out of existence,” added Deputy Pringle.