I think for the bazillionth time today, I've read posters talking about Sinn Féin's "hypocrisy" regarding the support of a "property tax" in the 6 counties.. but opposing a "property tax" down here.
Every time it's explained that it's not the same thing, it seems to be either completely ignored.. (in most cases).. or completely misunderstood.. (in some cases)...
Maybe a completely separate thread explaining what each is, might help some people to understand..
In the 26 counties...
A property tax is being levied on all properties* depending on a "valuation" of the price of the property.. (*subject to a small number of expemptions)...
The property tax will be paid to the central exchequer, with 80% of the monies collected being returned to the local authority from where it came to be spent on local services.
In the 6 counties
In the 6 counties, you pay "rates".. not a tax..
Your rate is a combination of a "district rate" and a "regional rate"
"Your domestic rate bill is calculated by multiplying your rateable capital valuation by the domestic rate for your council area. The domestic rate for your area is made up of the regional rate set by the Northern Ireland Executive and the district rate set by individual councils."
How rate bills are calculated | nidirect
In the 6 counties .. for your district rate provides for
bin collections and recycling
Income from the regional rate provides for
personal social services
Belfast City Council. Rates. What do your rates pay for?
Amongst other things..
That is why the "rate" in the 6 counties is so much higher than the property tax in the 26 counties..
Many of the services covered by the rates in the 6 counties, are paid for separately in the 26 counties.. for example bin collection, provision and upkeep of sporting and leisure facilities, school bus provision, water charges (currently for businesses but for individual households from next year) etc etc
So why do people consistently claim that SF are supporting and opposing the same thing in the two different places.. when it is clearly not the case ?