Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown council backs 15% property tax cut

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors have rejected a bid by the council’s management to raise the level of local property tax.

For the last three years councillors have taken advantage of a rule which allows them to reduce by 15 per cent the maximum amount of property tax in their administrative area.

A majority of councillors on Monday voted down a proposal that this year the reduction offered to householders would drop from 15 per cent to just 5 per cent. The majority of councillors also voted down a compromise proposal from the Labour Party which would have seen homeowners offered a discount of 10 per cent off the maximum chargeable.

During the debate, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council chief executive Philomena Poole appealed to councillors to consider the “very severe” financial position facing the council in the run up to its budget in two months time.

Each 1 per cent of local property tax would provide an additional €518,000 for the council’s budget, she said, adding that the decision to vary by the full 15 per cent would cost it €7.8 million.

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