Rural families face further stealth taxes

LEGISLATION relating to the registration and inspection of sceptic tanks may further penalise rural families and mean future stealth taxes, claimed Sinn Fein TD, Brian Stanley.

LEGISLATION relating to the registration and inspection of sceptic tanks may further penalise rural families and mean future stealth taxes, claimed Sinn Fein TD, Brian Stanley.

Deputy Stanley, the party’s spokesperson on the Environment, is demanding clarification on aspects of this legislation, saying it introduces extra “stealth taxes for already over taxed householders who also face a new €100 charge in a few months time”.

“The Bill includes a €50 registration fee and further inspections costing €200. If upgrades to septic tank systems are required, this could cost thousands of euro to meet the new standards. Despite earlier assurances from the Minister it is now appears that the registration fee would have to paid every five years. There is also no commitment to implementing income related grants to cover the cost of upgrades as proposed by Sinn Fein.”

Continuing, Deputy Stanley pointed out that his party was opposed to the Bill as it currently stands and they were seeking to amend it. “We are proposing that the inspections are carried out by Engineering and Technical staff from local authorities and that a grant system is implemented to assist those who require upgrade works.

“This legislation opens the door for future stealth taxes on rural householders through repeated inspections and increased registration and inspection fees.”