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Public Consultation now open on reduction of Local Property Tax – Reilly

13 July, 2016


Dublin City Councillor and member of the Finance special policy committee Noeleen Reilly has said that the Sinn Féin Group will be supporting a reduction in the Property Tax of 15% in the 2017 budget.

Speaking this evening, Cllr Reilly said:

“The Sinn Féin Group on Dublin City Council will be making a submission to Dublin City Council calling for a reduction of the maximum 15% in the Local Property Tax for next year’s budget.

“We will also be putting forward a motion calling for the same at the special meeting in September.

“This is consistent with our position over the last two years and also follows true on a commitment we made to residents leading up to the Local Government elections in 2014.

“Until such a time that this unfair tax is abolished, we will continue to use every opportunity to reduce the burden on hard pressed families.

“Families were sold a puppet with the introduction of the Local Property Tax.  They rightly expected an increase in services as that is what was sold to them by the Labour/Fine Gael Government.

“What the Government did instead was not only to subvent Irish Water for the first two years but also reduce the Local Government Fund and the funding of capital grants, meaning there was no additional income coming into the coffers of Dublin City Council.

“There has been no increase in services and Local Government continues to be hugely underfunded in comparison to other European Countries.

“I am calling on the new Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney to restore grants to Dublin City Council to enable the Citizens of the city benefit from a decent level of service.”

Note: Anyone who wishes to take part in the public consultation process can take the user-friendly online survey from Thursday 14th July to 4.30pm on Wednesday 15th August at the following: http://bit.ly/LPTSurvey2016

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