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IoM Moves Ahead With Sewerage Tax Despite Public Opposition

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
27 February, 2014

A proposal in the Isle of Man to introduce a sewerage tax at a flat annual rate of GBP50 per household has been approved by parliament, despite more than 6,000 citizens signing a petition to block the plan.

Members of Tynwald, the island's parliament, voted 24-9 in favor of the tax on February 19, 2014, following a nearly two-hour debate.

The charge, dubbed the "toilet tax," is to be introduced from April 1, 2014. The rate will be hiked to GBP100 per household per year in 2015.

John Houghton, the chairman of the Water and Sewerage Authority, previously told Tynwald that the tax is necessary to meet the cost of the authority's loan repayments and interest charges on its capital schemes amid reduced funding from the Treasury.

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