At the monthly County Council meeting of South Dublin County Council councillors voted to reduce the Local Property Tax by the maximum of 15%. This in effect means that there will be no increase of the tax next year.
Cllr Madeleine Johansson commented: “It’s very welcome that the councillors agreed to keep the 15% reduction of the unfair Property Tax. Prior to the meeting I received a lobbying email from the Dublin Chamber of Commerce asking councillors NOT to reduce the tax. It’s outrageous that the business community are using the Covid-19 crisis to attempt to shift the burden from business to ordinary people. Ordinary people already paid for the last recession, including through the Local Property Tax, they should not be asked to pay for this crisis.” “It would be utterly unacceptable if the government leaves councils high & dry without enough money to fund basic services as a result of the pandemic, therefore leaving them with no option but to raise the property tax, rates and/or rents. It is outrageous that ordinary people would now be handed the bill for COVID19. The government has repeatedly said that austerity is not the answer to the current crisis we find ourselves in.”