ARDEE Town Councilllor Jim Tenanty has said the government would need to re-think its whole position on austerity charges because people either wont pay or cant pay.
“The Household Charge was just thrown out there,” he said at Ardee Town Council. “And now they’re talking about charging for water metres.
“They need to rethink this whole taxation plan. And they need to take into consideration young people with mortgages.
“If people can’t pay the Household Charge how are they going to pay the property tax, the water charge or any other charge coming down the line.
“The government is just doing what the IMF tell them - balancing the books - and they seem to have no concept of the daily struggle people are facing. There is no reality to this.
“And with banks ringing people up and threatening them, we are heading back for the Seventies.”
Ardee Town Council wrote to the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan calling on him to abolish the Household Charge.
They received support from Clonmel Borough Council on a motion that was put forward by Cllr Leonard Hatrick.
Cllr Paudie McKenny said an awful lot of people were in serious difficulties.
But Cllr Finnan McCoy said people knew that these charges were coming and they would have to get their priorities right.
They money would go back into the local authority to fund libraries, roads and sewerage.
Cllr Tenanty said this was a household charge and the money was not going into infrastructure.