Tipperary County Council to seek 10% property tax rise, but bill to stay at 2020 level

Funding will help keep local services operating

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Tipperary County Council to seek 10% property tax rise, but bill to stay at 2020 level

Tipperary County Council to seek 10% property tax increase

A proposal by Tipperary County Council to increase the Local Property Tax by 10% is to be debated councillors when they gather for their Budget meeting next Monday.

However, Tipperary County Council has emphasised that no householder will pay any more in 2021 than they paid this year.

The LPT goes back to a base rate each year. A 10% increase was agreed last year, which means that a 10% increase in 2021 keeps the tax at the same rate as 2020.

However, this did not stop a number of councillors from reacting to the proposal.

The councillors met behind-closed-doors for a Budget workshop last week where it emerged that officials were proposing the hike.

“Are they taking account the pressure that people are under in the current climate,” said one councillor after the meeting.

The council is reported to be facing a €5m shortfall this year, but no money from the LPT will go towards funding that shortfall as it is reserved for community groups and organisations. Some groups can expect to see a 50% increase in their funding from the council in 2021.

A council spokesperson said that the decision, if approved, will generate €1,205,060 to be allocated to local facilities, arts centres, leisure centres and local communities in 2021 as follows.

The full council statement reads:

“The proposal before the Council will ensure that householders across the county will pay the same Local Property Tax ( LPT) in 2021 as they did in 2020. No householder will face an increase in their LPT  under this proposal.

"The decision, if approved, will generate €1,205,060 to be allocated to local facilities, arts centres, leisure centres and local communities in 2021 as follows:

- 50% amounting to €602,530 will be allocated to local services and local communities at district level. This sum will be added to the General Municipal Allocation (GMA) ensuring that the allocation for 2021 will be the same as the current year. Tidy towns committees, local environmental, heritage, arts  and sports projects are typically the types of local groups and projects that benefit from this allocation. This ensures that there will be no reduction in the overall  support to local community groups under this heading in 2021 notwithstanding the very difficult and challenging economic situation.

"The remaining 50% to be allocated as follows:

- €337,530 will be allocated to Leisure and Arts Centres that currently receive Council support and will ensure that in 2021, each of these facilities will receive a top-up of 50% on their 2020 allocation to address challenges and additional costs incurred as a result of  the Covid-19 public health pandemic. The facilities include Thurles Leisure Centre, Sean Kelly Sports Centre, Roscrea Leisure Centre, Nenagh Arts Centre, South Tipperary Arts Centre and The Excel Centre in Tipperary town. An allocation will also be made to the Canon Hayes Centre in Tipperary town.

- €265,000 will be allocated to public swimming pools/leisure centres operated by the Council  in Tipperary town, Clonmel and Nenagh to support challenges that they face in additional costs incurred through  the Covid-19 public health pandemic and to ensure these facilities can continue to operate next year.

"While the Council is facing a difficult and challenging financial situation, none of the money generated by this proposal will be used to support Council's own finances. Every euro generated will go back out to support our local communities local swimming pools, and arts centres which are in need of assistance at this difficult time.”