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Sinn Fein’s motion at meeting to reduce the property tax is delayed

The New Louth Local Authority  at the AGM on Friday in County Hall

The New Louth Local Authority at the AGM on Friday in County Hall

Sinn Fein failed in their attempt to raise an emergency motion regarding the property tax at the June meeting of the Louth County Council.

Sinn Fein sought that the council debate and adopt an emergency motion to decrease the property tax.

However, acting County Manager Joan Martin told the meeting that she was unable to provide members with the relevant information.

“I’m not in a position to give members the information to make an informed decision on the matte.

“The information regarding the local property tax is not available to us yet. We are currently seeking confirmation of actual figures relating to 2014.”

Seeming frustrated at the County Manager’s comments, Cllr Sharkey asked, “How do you know if each member has done proper research on this issue.”

Ms Martin objected to Cllr Sharkey’s remarks and highlighted again that she was not in a position to provide the information.”

She also highlighted that it wasn’t an emergency motion as the issue would be dealt at a later stage.

Cllr Pio Smith had also tabled a motion regarding if the council could outline information relating to the local property tax.

He sought information regarding the number of houses in the county that are liable for the tax and the expected revenue to be collected.

He also sought the effect on Louth County Council revenue streams if there was a reduction in the current rate of the property tax.

Although the meeting was adjourned and will be debated at the next meeting, council officials have provided a written reply.

The council state: “This information is not available. We are currently seeking confirmation of actual figures relating to 2012 as the figures we have include arrears and penalties relating to 2013 and well as what is collected to date in 2014.

“This is a national issue and we are hoping to have it resolved before the July meeting, but we cannot guarantee that at present.”

 
 
 

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