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Carrickmacross Town Council rejects Development Levies

10 March, 2004

At the March monthly meeting of Carrickmacross Town Council the members rejected the proposed development contribution scheme on the proposal of Sinn Féin Councillor Matt Carthy.

Speaking afterwards Cllr. Carthy said:

"I am happy that Carrickmacross Town Council has reiterated the decisions made by other local authorities in County Monaghan by rejecting these unfair charges. Let us be very clear about one thing; if implemented these charges would affect first time home-buyers and new home-builders disproportionately.

"The argument made by the County Manager and others that this funding is needed to provide amenities in our town spells out the problem that is at the heart of the charges. Everybody in the town and surrounding areas will be in a position to enjoy any services of this type. Is it fair therefore to ask a few to pay for us all? The just answer is certainly not.

"The real problem that has led us to this situation is that central governments have continually failed to adequately fund local authorities. Those of us who pay tax are having service after service included on the list of things we pay twice for. Rather than providing tax breaks and creating tax avoidance schemes for the mega-rich that money should be invested in local councils who could then gives communities the services they deserve.

"The Fianna Fáil government has tried to impose these charges on local communities under a threat that failure to do so may prevent funding for projects from central government. This is a bullying tactic that cannot be allowed to succeed."

Cllr. Carthy also insisted that the rejection of development levies by councillors may have a beneficial impact for Carrickmacross and County Monaghan.

"In Monaghan we now have an opportunity, like never before, to encourage industry and investment to our county. We have low rate charges and we are now the only county in this region to refuse to be bullied by Martin Cullen and Fianna Fáil in imposing these charges on young couples building or buying their first home or on a business trying to set up and employ local people.

"If promoted correctly County Monaghan can become an attractive location for business. Our challenge now is to implement a strategy that will make such an opportunity a reality."


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