15% LPT rate increase in Donegal to be retained

Local Property Tax

Local Property Tax rates are set to remain unchanged in Donegal for the next two years, in accordance with the recommendation of officials.

Donegal County Councillors voted today to retain the 15% increase agreed in 2019.

The move was opposed by Sinn Fein and a number of independents, who pointed to what they termed the regressive nature of the tax.

Cllr Michael McBride, seconded by Cllr Gary Doherty proposed a return to the baseline, while Cllr Michael Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig sought to have it reduced to 15% below that, the lowest point possible. That did not get a seconder.

Cllr Ciaran Brogan formally proposed the rate be retained at the current level, stressing it is not an increase. That was seconded by Cllr Martin Harley.

That was put to the meeting, and passed on a recorded vote by 20 votes to 12.

This means the LPT will not change again in the lifetime of his council.

Cllr Ciaran Brogan says the huge investments being made across Donegal is a result of the funding from LPT:

 

Councillor Gary Doherty believes as the cost of living continues to rise, LPT should have been reduced:

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