Wednesday 21 March 2018

South Dublin County Council reduces property tax bills by 15pc for 2016

Paul Gogarty
Paul Gogarty
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

South Dublin County Council has become one of the country’s first local authority to reduce property tax bills by 15pc for 2016.

Some 34 councillors voted in favour, with just Paul Gogarty of the Independent Alliance voting against.

As the council adopted a similar position last year, property tax bills will remain the same for South  Dublin residents in 2016.

Speaking today, Fine Gael leader on South Dublin County Council William Lavelle said the decision reflected the difficult times families have already endured.

“South Dublin County Council has budgeted for revenue of €220 million this year. This is a massive budget. We don’t need to be adding to it by hitting homeowners with more taxes when we have the option not to,” he said.

“If councillors such as Paul Gogarty wants to see more services delivered then he should proposing how we can better manage the €220 million budget, not trying to fleece homeowners.”

 “We saw the impact of reckless, tax-and-spend policy during the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years. We should have learned from those mistakes. The mindset of ‘when we have it we’ll spend it’ should be consigned to history.”

Other councils are due to vote on whether to reduce bills by 15pc in the coming weeks.

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