Councillors refuse hike in property tax
Dublin city councillors last night refused to increase the local property tax following a specially convened meeting.
Sinn Féin, Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and People Before Profit voted against the hike which was defeated by 42 votes to 11.
The Labour Party and The Green Party voted in favour.
The current charge begins at €76.50 for a house valued less than €100,000.
Dublin city council has applied the maximum 15pc reduction allowed under the legislation since the tax was introduced. Management of the council had encouraged an easing of the reduction to 10pc insisting this could help bring in €4m in additional revenue.
Meanwhile, Fingal councillors voted to increase property tax with just a 10pc reduction in the rate, while Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors voted to keep the 15pc reduction.