Follow @PoliticsIE
 
 
 
Page 1 of 12 1234511 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 111

Thread: Irish Independent says water charges to be based on house size.

  1. #1
    Politics.ie Member pinemartin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Big D
    Posts
    6,697
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default Irish Independent says water charges to be based on house size.

    Homeowners to be hit with water charge based on size of their house - National News - Independent.ie

    This would really be a foolish way to calculate the tax for water usage. How would this tax incentivise people to save water? It just does not make sense, hopefully this idea will gain no traction.

  2. #2
    Politics.ie Member seabhcan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    14,309
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pinemartin View Post
    Homeowners to be hit with water charge based on size of their house - National News - Independent.ie

    This would really be a foolish way to calculate the tax for water usage. How would this tax incentivise people to save water? It just does not make sense, hopefully this idea will gain no traction.
    And how would they calculate house size? They have no register of it.

  3. #3
    Politics.ie Member pinemartin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Big D
    Posts
    6,697
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by seabhcan View Post
    And how would they calculate house size? They have no register of it.
    i presume they are going to have a problem with putting meters in flats in large buildings. They will get people to self access.

  4. #4
    Politics.ie Member Heligoland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    2,334
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    Irish Water will also be allowed access to the Department of Social Protection records, and it is understood certain welfare recipients, as well as people with acute medical needs, will not pay the full amount of the charge.


    And it is now thought apartment blocks will have one meter installed which will measure the usage of all occupants – then the charges will be divided up per apartment.
    Neither of those ideas strike me as particularly bright.

  5. #5
    Politics.ie Newbie
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Tiobraid Árann
    Posts
    33
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    "... Sources involved ... " and " ... one source said ..."

    That's all I needed to see - the usual attention-grabbing makey-uppy rubbish from the Indo.

  6. #6
    Politics.ie Member ruserious's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    In the Bunker...Returning Fire!
    Posts
    29,259
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)

    Default

    Why not base it on income divided by family size and have significant safety nets for people who cannot afford to pay the new tax so the rich pay more?
    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

  7. #7
    Politics.ie Member pinemartin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Big D
    Posts
    6,697
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ruserious View Post
    Why not base it on income divided by family size and have significant safety nets for people who cannot afford to pay the new tax so the rich pay more?
    Because it is a tax that should also discourage the waste of water. It does not matter if you are rich or poor, there should be an incentive(tax) to penalise waste.

  8. #8
    Politics.ie Member ruserious's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    In the Bunker...Returning Fire!
    Posts
    29,259
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pinemartin View Post
    Because it is a tax that should also discourage the waste of water. It does not matter if you are rich or poor, there should be an incentive(tax) to penalise waste.
    This isn't the Sahara. We have plenty water. The biggest waste is coming from the pipes where 50% is lost in Cork alone. That is the source of waste. Not the people.
    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

  9. #9
    Politics.ie Member Grumpy Jack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    6,080
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    If they can't base the property tax on house size, how come they can do it for water charges?

  10. #10
    Politics.ie Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Out of the joint
    Posts
    338
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    There is no relationship between the size of a house and the use of water.

    It is so irrational a benchmark that it would be open to legal challenge, even in this jurisdiction!

Page 1 of 12 1234511 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •