Thursday, 25 October 2018

Questions (358)

John Curran


358. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount wind farms contributed in rates for the period 2014 to 2017 and to date in 2018, by county and nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44253/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Local authorities are under a statutory obligation to levy rates on any property used for commercial purposes in accordance with the details entered in the valuation lists, prepared by the independent Commissioner of Valuation under the Valuation Acts 2001 - 2015. The levying and collection of rates are matters for each individual local authority and all rates income accrues to the local government sector.

Local authority total gross rates income is reported in the Income and Expenditure Account of their Annual Financial Statements. However, as this data is not categorised by the different types of property used for business purposes, the information requested in relation to the amount of rates contributed by windfarms is not available in my Department.