Donegal County Council is keen to hear the views of the public on varying the rate of Local Property Tax (LPT) in Donegal.
The Council want to learn the potential effects of varying LPT on households, individuals, businesses and Council services.
LPT is an annual tax charged on all residential properties in Ireland. In accordance with the Finance Act 2012, local authorities may vary the basic rate of LPT within its own area by a maximum of 15%.
This means that Donegal County Council can either increase or decrease the rate of LPT in Donegal in 2017 by a maximum of 15% of the 2016 rate.
For example, if a house is valued under €100,000, the LPT in 2016 costs €90. If the LPT rate is increased by 15%, this house owner will pay €103.50 in 2017. If the LPT rate is reduced by 15%, then this house owner will pay €76.50 in 2017.
The money collected from LPT contributes towards the cost of providing a Council services including libraries, public lighting, road maintenance, housing services, fire services, dealing with illegal dumping and littering, community initiatives, beach management and tourism development initiatives.
Given this, an adjustment in the rate of LPT will have an impact on the Council’s capacity to deliver these services. If the rate is reduced and funding is not available to replace this reduction, then income available to the Council will be reduced and the extent of services that can be provided in 2017 will be limited.
If the rate is increased then an increased level of income available to the Council will increase the capacity to deliver services and supports in 2017. Having considered a range of issues, the Council could also decide not to vary the rate and to the leave the rate the same as in 2016.
Any view, opinions or proposal to vary the rate of LPT in Donegal can be emailed to LPT@donegalcoco.ie or posted to Donegal County Council, LPT Submissions, County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal. The deadline date for all submissions is the Friday, the 19th of August.
Feedback from the public will be considered by the elected members of Donegal County Council in late September, when a final decision will be made on varying the rate of LPT in Donegal.