Sligo County Council is defending its 15% increase in the Local Property Tax.
There has been strong condemnation, particularly on social media, of the decision taken by a majority of councillors at their meeting last Monday.
In a statement to Ocean FM News, the council described the increase as ‘modest’, adding that it will help deliver major projects for Sligo.
And council Chief Executive Ciarán Hayes commended the elected members for making, what he described as ‘the difficult decision’.
The council statement says the increase of 15% in the property tax from 1st November this year to the 31 st October 2020 will result in a difference of under a euro a week for the vast majority of household in the
But it will yield in the region of €790,000, which, the council says, will enable it provide the
required matching funding for flagship projects around the county.
Mr Hayes says Sligo is the capital and economic driver of the northwest, and the ‘dynamic collaboration between statutory agencies, business sector and local communities augurs well for our future.’
He says the additional funding will see the delivery of long-awaited tourism and infrastructure projects in County Sligo.
Mr Hayes adds that Sligo had been starved of investment for too many years and the optimism that now pervades is a very welcome change from previous years.