Laois councillors vote to freeze property tax despite €250,000 incentive

Laois councillors vote to freeze property tax despite €250,000 incentive
By Conor Ganly conor.ganly@leinsterexpress.ie@laoisnews

Laois County Councillors have turned down a €250,000 incentive to rais the Local Property Tax (LPT).

The councillors were asked on Monday (September 11) on whether or not they wished to increase or decrease the unpopular tax in Laois.

County hall has budgeted to raise €8.5 million next year from householders.

The 19 councillors share out €380,000 to be spent on what are known as discretionary. Projects that benefit included footpaths, cemetery improvements, community projects etc. Councillors can individually nominate projects in their electoral areas. The money is designed to support the revitalisation of rural towns and villages.

Presenting LPT estimates to county councillors, Laois County Council's chief executive, John Mulholland said an increase in LPT would support the Towns and Villages Renewal Scheme for Rural Ireland and the discretionary budget given to councillors.

“An increase of 5% in the LPT would give this council an additional €250,000 approximately to augument this fund and ensure that the benefits of the economic recovery are felt in more communities,” he said.

However, the councillors voted against the change deciding instead to freeze the property tax in Laois.

since the tax was introduced.

Nearly 84% (24,273) of homeowners in Laois paid between €90 and €225 last year.

Councillors have the option to raise or decrease the tax by 15%. This varies between €13.50 and €47.25 for 96% of households in Laois.