DECISION TO INCREASE LOCAL PROPERTY TAX BY 15% WON’T MEAN BIGGER BILLS FOR CO MONAGHAN HOUSEHOLDERS

11 July 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“The majority of the members of Monaghan Co Council have done the right thing and not the populist thing,” stated Fine Gael councillor Sean Gilliland in reaction to the decision taken at Monday’s Council meeting to increase the rate of Local Property Tax that will apply in Co Monaghan for the coming year by 15%. The decision was made at the end of an attimes heated debate on a show-of-hands vote of 12-6, and was opposed by the Sinn Féin members of the local authority who had sought to have a 0% rate of increase adopted.

Co Council Head of Finance John Murray told the meeting that although the executive were requesting the members to approve a 15% Local Property Tax increase, this decision would leave the LPT at exactly the same rate as had pertained in the county for the past two years. “There will be no increase in the bills issued to households in Co Monaghan,” Mr Murray stated. He noted that the Co Council would have more income from housing rents this year because there were more houses, and there would be more LPT being paid from these houses.

Referring to feedback from public consultation, Mr Murray said that only one submission had been received, from a member of the public who said that any planned LPT increase should…

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