Council agree on 1.5% property tax reduction

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Louth County Councillors voted to cut the property tax in the county by 1.5 per cent on Monday evening.

Louth County Councillors voted to cut the property tax in the county by 1.5 per cent on Monday evening.

A proposal was put forward by Fianna Fail councillor Declan Breathnach for 7.5 per cent cut, but an amendment by Drogheda Fine Gael councillor Kevin Callan for a 1.5 per cent reduction was carried.

The amendment vote resulted in a 13-13 tie and the chairman Oliver Tully, Fine Gael, gave his casting vote in favour of the 1.5 cut.

Cllrs Bell, Butler, Callan, Culhane, Dearey, Doyle, Markey, McGahon, Minogue, Smith, Tenanty, Tully and Yore voted in favour.

Cllr Breathnach, Byrne, Corrigan, Flood, Godfrey, Keelan, Loughran, Cunningham, McGeough, Minogue, Meenan, Reilly, and Sharkey against.

The chairman’s casting vote decided the issue.

An earlier Sinn Fein amendment by Sinn Fein’s Imelda Munster for a full 15 per cent reduction was defeated by 14 votes to 12 with no abstentions. Three councillors were absent from the meeting.

A proposal by Cllr Mark Dearey for no change to the property tax was also defeated.