Tuesday October 20, 2020

Department will not make up council shortfalls after property tax cuts

Dublin City Council voted to cut tax by 15 per cent in spite of a €39 million shortfall

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

27th September, 2020
All of the country’s local authorities are facing significant shortfalls due to a collapse in income from commercial rates, as well as parking charges, planning fees and local authority rents

Any shortfalls arising in local authorities’ budgets due to cuts in the rate of local property tax will not be covered by central government, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has said.

A row broke out in Dublin City Council last week after councillors ignored a plea by Owen Keegan, the council‘s chief executive, to increase the tax by 15 per cent to help fill some of the €39 million hole...

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