Members of Clare County Council voted on Monday to retain the Local Property Tax (LPT) at the standard rate for 2018, the same rate as last year.

When the property tax was first introduced, local authorities were given the discretionary power of increasing or decreasing the standard rate by plus or minus 15%. Two years ago councillors in Clare voted to decrease the rate by 15% but last year they were convinced by management that applying the standard rate would give them an extra €1.5 million for local services in their annual budget. The same logic was applied this year hence councillors reinstated LPT at the full rate for 2018. According to the council’s CEO, Pat Dowling, this year the economy is in recovery mode and there is a greater level of economic activity taking place. In

According to the council’s CEO, Pat Dowling, this year the economy is in recovery mode and there is a greater level of economic activity taking place. The same logic was applied this year hence councillors reinstated LPT at the full rate for 2018. According to the council’s CEO, Pat Dowling, this year the economy is in recovery mode and there is a greater level of economic activity taking place. In addition, needs are growing in the

According to the council’s CEO, Pat Dowling, this year the economy is in recovery mode and there is a greater level of economic activity taking place. In addition, needs are growing in the county across a range of services and infrastructure development. Cllr Gerry Flynn noted that there is

Cllr Gerry Flynn noted that there is continued public frustration that €10.08m of LPT was collected in Clare last year yet €2.02m of this is funding other counties via the national equalisation fund, including Limerick which offers significantly more competitive commercial rates. Last year the additional revenue meant that €860,000 was available to divide between the four municipal districts in the county which had a real impact on local services. Cllr Flynn expressed the hope that a similar amount

Last year the additional revenue meant that €860,000 was available to divide between the four municipal districts in the county which had a real impact on local services. Cllr Flynn expressed the hope that a similar amount is made available in 2018. CEO Pat Dowling noted that this will ultimately be a decision for councillors on 10th November when their annual budget is decided.