Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (157)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

157. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Finance his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding local property tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15024/14]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

The Government decided that a liability to the Local Property Tax (LPT) should apply to all owners of residential properties with a limited number of reliefs. Any given yield could only be maintained by increasing the rate charged were the number of reliefs to be extended. I have no plans to introduce a credit system for the provision of particular services such as water or sewerage.  

Revenues from the LPT will support the provision of services by local authorities.  Local authorities provide a broad range of services, the proper functioning of which are important for the wellbeing of every community and household. These include fire and emergency services; road maintenance and cleaning; street lighting; spatial and development planning and other similar services; regulatory and inspection functions and business support services, as well as libraries, parks, and other recreation and cultural public amenities.