Thursday 8 December 2016

Don't increase property tax, FF memo warns councillors

Published 05/10/2016 | 02:30

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Fianna Fáil has warned its councillors against any move to increase property tax.

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Several councils across the country have voted to restore property tax to its former rate, while others have voted to cut bills for homeowners.

The function of altering the rate by up to 15pc rests with councils. But in a memo seen by the Irish Independent, Fianna Fáil warned its councillors against any measure that will add to the cost for families.

Councillors were urged to keep previous commitments.

"It has come to my attention that there are discussions at local level about increasing the local property tax," the party's Environment spokesperson Barry Cowen said.

"While this is a matter that is solely at the discretion and control of local councillors, it is important we all remember our general election manifesto was to cut costs for families.

"Increasing the local property tax would add to family costs and should not be considered or agreed to, particularly when the Fine Gael Finance Minister Michael Noonan announced in 2015 that the local property tax would be frozen until 2019," he added.

Irish Independent

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