Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (163)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

163. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the amount of money that was given to the local authority in County Kerry form all property charges, from December 2011 to December 2012 and from December 2012 to 1 October 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45297/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I assume that the question refers to the Household Charge and the Local Property Tax. The Local Government Management Agency has administered the Household Charge system on a shared service/agency basis for all county and city councils. I am advised by the Agency that in excess of €5.3m has been raised in respect of the Household Charge in Kerry. The aggregate proceeds of the Charge have been re-distributed on an equalised basis to local authorities within the context of the annual allocations of general purpose grants.

In 2013, Local Property Tax revenue is accruing directly to the Exchequer. Under the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012, commencing in 2014, the Minister for Finance will pay into the Local Government Fund an amount equivalent to the Local Property Tax paid into the Central Fund during that year; this revenue will be allocated to local authorities from the Fund.