KILDARE County Council will consider a proposed cut to the county’s Local Property Tax rate at the full council meeting meeting on 22 September but it remains to be seen if councillors vote to cut by 15% they are legally allowed and take around €40 off each household’s bill.
Asked by the Leader what advice the Chief Executive/Council officials would be giving on the proposed cut or whether any document had been prepared, a Council spokesperson said would only say it would be considered by elected members on 22 September.
Kildare North Labour TD, Emmet Stagg, has already called on Kildare County Council to reduce the LPT by 15% as this can be done with a cut in overall funding.”
Even with the full 15% cut KCC will still have an extra €1.1 million above what it was getting this year, noted Deputy Stagg. He said the original plan was for 65% of the tax to stay locally, but Labour got that changed to 80%. Labour councillors look set to go for a full cut.
Sinn Féin councillors also wants to see a full 15% cut passed on to local residents.
Maynooth based Cllr Réada Cronin (SF) said Kildare is one of the ten reported counties that can afford to cut the LPT by the maximum rate of 15% without affecting local services. Local services should not have to depend on the value of homes in its area to determine whether it is adequately funded but through a progressive central taxation, she said.
Kildare North FG TD, Anthony Lawlor said: “The 15% cut should be allowed iif the Council Budget allows it. Furthermore I also believe that there should be a cut made to assist struggling small businesses.Cllr. Frank O’Rourke (FF) said the public want a cut but some submissions would like extra services which the extra €40 per house, on average, would allow.
Some, like Cllr. Padraig McEvoy, note the cut for a low LPT houses may be just €14 but any service cuts involved could affect those households more than wealthier ones.