Tax cut decision is on hold until September

by Ian Begley

The vote on whether to reduce or increase the local property tax (LPT) did not go ahead at the last South Dublin County Council (SDCC) committee meeting before the summer break and has been delayed until September.
At the July 14 committee meeting the majority of councillors from the local authority voted in favour of delaying the motion because the council yet to find out how much it will receive from property tax collected in 2014.
The official vote on whether to increase or reduce the LPT by 15% will take place at the next committee meeting on September 22.
The council is also looking for public views on this issue, and will hold a consultation period which will commence in late July.
A council spokesperson said: “The statutory notice commencing the public consultation and inviting submissions will be advertised in the local papers and on [our] website.
“It is expected that any proposals to vary the basic rate of local property tax for the South Dublin administrative area will be considered by the members at the September council meeting which is scheduled for September 22.”
Deputy Mayor Cllr Liona O’Toole (Ind) said: “I agreed that the maximum 15% cut in local property tax could be achieved.
“This Fine Gael-led Government introduced the local property tax and it’s only right that they provide the council with accurate facts and figures to allow us to make an informed decision on LPT reduction.
Clondalkin Cllr Gino Kenny (PBP) who is also against the implementation of the LPT said: “The vast amount of councillors within the local authority are in support of reducing the LPT by 15%, but this still comes with a major caveat.
“The tax should never have been introduced in the first place because it’s completely unfair on homeowners.”

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