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Monaghan Councillors vote to increase Local Property Tax

Jul 5, 2021 15:07 By News Northern Sound
Monaghan Councillors vote to increase Local Property Tax Monaghan Councillors vote to increase Local Property Tax
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Changes to the band structures mean no homeowners will face increased bills.

Monaghan County Council has voted to increase Local Property Tax by 15 per cent in 2022.

Councils each year vote on their rate, with each able to increase or decrease their by 15 per cent from the national base rate.

Director of Services, John Murray, recommended that the Council agree to a 15 per cent increase.

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However, changes to the band structures means no home owners will face increased bills, with the bottom band expanding from zero to €100,000 to zero to €200,000.

The adjustment is used to support a discretionary Municipal Allocation which goes towards matched funding for local projects in the three MDs.

A 15 per cent increase will equal an allocation of €337,000 per MD.

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A report from the council said the value of the discretionary element of the fund is a "multiple of the actual allocation, due to matching funding investments from central government.

Fine Gael Councillor Seán Gilliand proposed adopting a 15 per cent increase, saying it was a "no brainer" and adding that "if there was a tax people liked, this would be it".

However, Sinn Féin's Colm Carthy sought a "compromise" which would have resulted in no change being made to the rate, with Councillor Seán Conlon saying this "is not a position that is unique to Sinn Féin".

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Fianna Fáil's Raymond Aughey called for the "courageous decision" to increase the tax to be taken, saying that councillors were elected to make these "hard choices" which will ultimately deliver more money for the community.

Councillor Gilliand's motion was passed by 12 to 6, with Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Independent members in support, and Sinn Féin members against.

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