Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Ceisteanna (127)

Brian Stanley

Ceist:

127. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will guarantee that all of the local property tax collected in 2014 will be allocated to local authorities. [21685/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

The local government funding model is changing considerably in 2014. Under the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012, as amended, commencing this year, 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. Details of the proposed expenditure from the Local Government Fund are set out in the Revised Estimates Volume for Public Services 2014 as published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Local Property Tax paid into the Local Government Fund in 2014 will contribute to a range of financial supports being provided to local authorities, including General Purpose Grants and funding, on the basis of Service Level Agreements, for water services which local authorities will be providing on behalf of Irish Water.