House tax not put to a vote
AN 'emergency motion' laid down close to the end of Louth County Council's first meeting on Friday about the Local Property Tax (LPT) was not discussed after council boss Joan Martin said the statistics and implications of cutting the tax had not yet been prepared by officials.
The motion was tabled by Sinn Fein's Imelda Munster who asked for the LPT to be reduced. But Ms Martin said the motion was not an emergency one and added it would be 'premature' for members to vote on it 'because we have to brief councillors about the consequences of that'.
Labour's Pio Smith said he didn't want to take the LPT motion that day. He said: 'We need a lot of information that we don't have at the moment. It's a bit of a stunt and I want to know when we will have the relevant information'.
Ms Martin said the LPT is 'already a piece of business that is down to be dealt with by the council' but 'officials are not in a position to provide the information'.
But Cllr. Munster said she would be putting the motion down again in July and asked for 'information in advance'.
Cllr. Sharkey said it was 'not up to the officials to veto a motion like this'.