Donegal County Councillors have voted to raise Local Property Tax by a maximum of 15% in Donegal for 2020.

County councillors voted by 15 votes against 13, with two abstentions, to vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax charged on homes by 15% next year.

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The move will see householders paying up to €60.75 more tax on a home valued between €200,000-€250,000, where the baseline LPT is €405.

Homes valued under €100,000 will see an increase of €13.50 on their base tax of €90.

The readjustment was discussed at Monday’s monthly council meeting in Lifford, where councillors were told that an increase of up to 15% in LPT would bring in an additional €1,655,628 to the council’s revenue budget.

Elected members were told that the increase would give the council an opportunity to have a balanced budget in 2020 and to provide money for match funding and borrowings for a range of major projects already in development across the county.

The increase was formally proposed by Cllr Tom Connaghan and seconded by Cllr Martin Harley.

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Sinn Féin party members voiced their opposition to the increase and voted against.

The proposal was described by Cllr Ciaran Brogan as a “leap of faith” for elected members in challenging times.


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