LETTER: Collect unpaid tax to pay for services

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In September 2014 a correspondent drew attention, courtesy of your columns, to the deplorable road conditions in Haywards Heath mentioning council tax revenue as a means of financing highway maintenance.

In the ‘Middy’ of Thursday July 23, 2015 you published figures that, according to the National Debt Line, Mid Sussex residents owed almost £4.2 million in unpaid council tax.

If this is indeed fact, then, as Aldous Huxley tells us, ‘Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored’.

This surely begs the question as to why aren’t those deemed liable to pay this tax being held to account by the authorities and recover this money?

Government mantra of late has been ‘we are all in this together’. Not so it would appear if the arrears quoted are bona fide.

This family along with legions of others in society have complied with the necessary contribution of all appropriate taxes as required by law.

How to distinguish between genuine reasons for non payment and deliberate avoidance, if that is possible, is a crucial issue which has to be addressed and solved.

If honesty and compliance with the law are seen as a mark of a civilised society, those in authority need to ensure that accountability is seen to be enforced regarding this matter.

Failure to do so may well encourage infringement of other laws for, as an old saw reminds us, ‘Submission to one wrong brings on another’.

ROGER HEATH

Western Road, Newick

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