Rates Modernisation

By rates modernisation I do not mean the exercise of propery revaluation proposed by the last government. I would like to see a local taxation system based on an individuals ability to pay using the same means test as that used for income tax. Some would call this "poll tax" but we must not go there although it was badged as hated,apart from a few major flaws it was fundamentally fair. Mrs T just got it wrong. A new system could be set up that would address the problems associated with Water and Sewage charges which are acknowledged to be unfair. How any sensible thinking person has allowed the mass transfer of funding to move from a means tested and therefore fair basis to a rates basis is beyond my comprehension. In effect a whole group of people have been taken out of the requirement to fund the water and sewage system. I reluctantly came to the conclusion that the members of the last administration found this issue either too difficult,they were too lazy,they didn't understand or they didn't care. I made a detailed submission on this matter last year and when I challenged an MHK about the issue I was told that the new rating exercise would correct the issue. The point was not understood.

 

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by MelindaIOMGov on May 11, 2017 at 03:13PM

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  • Posted by dpfellows May 12, 2017 at 16:54

    How about a user pays system to encourage good use of resources? This will become increasingly important if the population growth targets promoted by the government are achieved.
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