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Have your say on LPT rates in Donegal 18.07.19

DONEGAL County Council is inviting submissions from members of the public on proposals to vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax (LPT) in Donegal in 2020.
The Council is keen to hear views and opinions on any proposal to vary the rate of LPT and in particular on the potential effects of any variance on households, individuals, businesses and on council services.
The Local Property Tax, which came into effect in 2013, is an annual tax charged on residential properties in Ireland. In accordance with the Finance Act 2012, a local authority may vary the basic rate of LPT within its own area by a maximum of +/- 15%.
This means that Donegal County Council can either increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2020 by a maximum of 15% of the 2019 rate.
For example, if a house is valued at under €100,000, the Local Property Tax payable in 2019 is €90. If the LPT rate is increased by 15%, this house-owner will pay €103.50 in 2020. If the Local Property Tax rate is reduced by 15%, then this house-owner will pay €76.50 in 2020.
The money collected under the LPT contributes towards the cost of providing a range of local council services including libraries, public lighting, road maintenance, housing services, fire services, dealing with illegal dumping and littering, community initiatives, beach management and tourism development initiatives.
An adjustment in the rate of Local Property Tax will have an impact on the council’s capacity to deliver these services.
Donegal County Council is keen to hear views and opinions on any proposal to increase or decrease the rate of LPT in 2020. The council invites comments concerning the potential effects of varying the basic rate of LPT, particularly any potential effects on households, individuals, businesses and council services.
Further information, including a list of frequently asked questions, is available on www.donegalcoco.ie .
The deadline date for receipt of submissions is the 16th August 2019. Submissions should be made in writing, by email to LPT@donegalcoco.ie , or posted to Donegal County Council, LPT Submissions, County House, Lifford.
Feedback from the public will be considered by the elected members of Donegal County Council as part of the decision making process at a meeting in late September 2019, when a final decision will be made on varying the rate of LPT in Donegal.
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