What I dont get is why this is a tax on the property owner if it is for services? Surley, the user of the services, be they owner or tennant should pay this tax?
That is because this tax is being deliberately fudged. They want people to believe that it is for local services so that they are more likely to pay it. But it is not. It is to help pay the bank-debt bills and the annual 20 billion deficit
if there was something in the law about it being required to fund certain services, then you might be onto something; but there isn't.
Agreed. If this money wasn't going to disappear into a black-hole of mis-managed taxes I'd be inclinded to consider paying it. If I believed that this would affect the local service I would consider this to be a fair and sensible tax.
this is a tax to help meet the difference between the governments expenditure and governments income. that is all its about. nothing else.
On the (reasonable) assumption that the property tax fails Will they refund those who have done their civic duty and paid it; thereby rewarding those who didnt?
If you hand it over then your money is as good as spent and you'll never see it again. I refer you to the number one rule of acquisition:
Once you have their money ... never give it back.http://www.sjtrek.com/trek/rules/