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Dwellers in 62 Donegal estates must pay 22.03.13

FIANNA FÁIL deputy Charlie McConalogue has called on the Government to explain why it is forcing property taxes on homeowners in at least 62 unfinished estates across Co Donegal.
Homeowners in these 62 estates were deemed exempt from the household charge last year, but the Government has now said they are eligible to pay property taxes. A remaining 48 Donegal estates will still be exempt.
“It was only right that all of these unfinished estates in Donegal were exempt from the household charge last year. Many of the residents are young families who paid way over the odds for what is now a seriously devalued home.
"They are deep in negative equity, struggling to pay their mortgages and living in unfinished surroundings with no end in sight. And now Fine Gael and Labour plan to hit them with new taxes on their homes," said the Inishowen-based TD.
He said the latest list was causing "great distress and confusion" in these Donegal estates along with hundreds of others across the country.
"These people have a right to an explanation." Deputy McConalogue said his party is calling on Minister Phil Hogan to immediately answer the following four questions:

- What estates that were classed as unfinished last year are now classed as complete?

- What criteria is being applied to qualify an estate as finished?

- Have these estates been finished to the standards that the local authority would apply?

- What criteria were used to qualify some homes in the same estate for an exemption while others are still liable for the tax?
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