As local homeowners we are required to pay the Local Property Tax & I as a candidate am fully in support of having such a tax. I do not believe that it is responsible or helpful to have a debate each year about how much it should be cut but it would be more beneficial to have a discussion around how this money could and should be spent to improve amenities and support community projects in our County & Town. As part of this I believe that transparency is very important and as such each person that pays the LPT should receive a statement of account from Clare County Council outlining the categories under which the LPT was spent in the previous year. This should also be done with the rates collected. If people can see where their money is going than they can judge the value that they are getting from the taxes they pay.