And they rise and they rise...
Cork - 28% refuse charge hike
Refuse charges were increased 28% from 277 euro to 355 euro in the Cork City Council area when only five Councillors voted against the City Manager's estimate in December.
An unholy alliance of FF, FG, PD and Labour councillors united to vote through an increase 12 times the official rate of inflation to ensure that Cork householders will be asked to pay more than a full weeks average take home pay for refuse collection in 2004.
This hike came on top of a massive City Hall campaign threatening non-collection if refuse charges arrears were not paid up.
Many householders had arrears of over 1,000 euro and were forced to go to the credit union or cut back on Christmas spending plans to keep the wolf from the door.
Cork householders should use their vote in June to pay the big parties back for the blackmail and abuse received in recent months.
Dublin City - 23% increase in tax as majority refuses to pay
Dublin City Council voted for a 23% increase in bin charges for 2004 - from 154 euro to 195 euro for a wheelie bin. Two weeks before the increase was voted on the Council had to release figures under the Freedom of Information Act that prove that less than 30% of households have paid the bin tax in full.
This is the second year in a row the stealth tax has been increased substantially, making a lie of the Council's claim that the tax would not be raised when it was introduced in December 2000.
Meanwhile, the majority of households in the Council area are giving the Council a clear answer: we won't pay! And to those Councillors who continue to vote this tax through: Come next June, we won't have forgotten!
More articles on the anti Bin Charges campaign are available in our sitemap
This article is from the January 2004 edition of Socialist Voice. Back issues are available here.