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Sinn Féin propose 15% reduction of Property Tax special Dublin City Council meeting

22 September, 2016

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

Speaking ahead of the meeting tonight, Cllr Reilly said:

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

“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 committed 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 of its existence 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 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.”

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