Local Dail representatives have been invited to take part in a public meeting on the property tax on Monday, February 4 at 8pm in the Clubhouse Hotel on Patrick Street.
The Kilkenny Campaign Against the Household and Water Tax has invited the elected TDs to speak at the forum, to explain their own positions. Deputies Ann Phelan (Labour), John McGuinness (Fianna Fail), and one Fine Gael TD are each to be given a 15 minute slot to put forward their arguments.
The meeting will then be opened to the audience. The campaign group says that the public deserves to know why the tax is being introduced when the Government parties argued and voted against it prior to the election.
“We feel it is very important that people have the opportunity to hear from their elected TDs and to be able to share their fears and concerns about this tax with them,” said local representative Conor MacLiam.
The property tax has been identified as a major concern for people. It ranked as a top budget impact concern in the recent Irish League of Credit Unions survey – cited by 41% of people as their top concern.
A national campaign was launched earlier this month in Dublin, with 600 people in attendance. Over 700,000 people (or half of all single-home owners) have still not paid the charge.