Property tax in Mayo will remain unchanged

The seat of Mayo County Council.

Local Property Tax (LPT) in Mayo will remain at its current rate for the next two years.

Fine Gael offered a 25 per cent cut ahead of a Mayo County Council meeting today.

There are 59,300 properties registered for LPT in Mayo. Two-thirds of them are in the lowest valuation range.

Members were informed that the maximum variation allowed – 15% – would result in a change of €1.29 million.

Eventually, a proposal from FG Councilor Peter Flynn to cut 15% was put to a vote. It was rejected by Fianna Fáil members plus five independents, who have a majority on the council.

FF adviser Damien Ryan proposed that the tariff remain unchanged, saying it guaranteed continuity of services. He didn’t want to see them having to revise, cut or withdraw services and programs, which would have a catastrophic impact.

He also pointed out that the assessment bracket review has meant significant savings for many homes in the county.

However, Councilor Flynn said these were unprecedented times and people had never faced a winter with such uncertainty.

Fellow counselor Donna Sheridan told of a man who has £25 to eat every week. “People are really hurting,” she said.

General Manager Kevin Kelly explained how a 15% cut equals the amount the board allocates to GMA funding.

Councilor Ryan said one balances the other and his proposal secures this much-needed funding for the communities.

Independent councilor Christy Hyland said the government should cut VAT on fuel which would benefit everyone, with fellow independent John O’Malley saying home heating is what cripples homeowners.

“France and Germany have opened their coal mines, and we cannot make peat briquettes here,” he commented.

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