Council management in Mayo has asked elected councillors to increase the Local Property Tax (LPT) per household for next year by 15 percent.
15 percent is the maximum increase that any local authority can increase LPT by in any one year.
At the end of last year Mayo County Council faced a 4.5 million euro overrun in its budget and 2020 looks set to increase that figure by a further 3 million euro.
However, at this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County council, when councillors were asked to approve the LPT increase- they declined to do so.
No vote was taken, but councillors have until the end of this month to make a final decision.
Speaking on Midwest News this lunchtime the Fine Gael Whip on Mayo County council Peter Flynn said he would not be voting for any increase in the LPT “as things stand”. He said it could be considered if monies collected through the increase could be ring fenced for footpath repairs, flooding/erosion solutions in the Municipal District areas, but as of now that is not what’s happening.
The Fianna Fail whip on the council Damien Ryan argued that the system is wrong and needs to be addressed at government level. He said places along the west coast like Mayo are struggling with local authority budgets, while Dublin city is awash with funds, putting the LPT returns into saving accounts. He called for equalisation of the LPT fund.
He did not rule out Fianna Fail councillors in the county approving an increase in LPT before the end of the month deadline.