Councillor feels not changing Local Property Tax is a ‘missed opportunity’ to honour frontline workers

A Sligo Councillor who voted against retaining the property tax increase agreed upon by Councillors in 2019 says the decision taken yesterday not reduce the rate is an opportunity missed to honour front line workers.

Sinn Fein Councillor Thomas Healy was one of the Councillors in Sligo that voted against the decision to keep the rate the same as the last two years.

The Local Property tax is set from a level that reverts back to a baseline each year with Councillors having the option to increase or decrease the rate of LPT.

The decision to maintain the 15% increase is estimated to be worth somewhere in the region of 800,000 to Council which increase to 8 million euro when matching funding is added from Central Government

Cllr Healy says it’s a missed opportunity to acknowledge those who have worked through the pandemic