Kilkenny Council agrees not to hike local property tax
Kilkenny County Council has decided to retain the local property tax at its current level for the coming year, the third year in a row there has been no increase.
The motion was passed by councillors at the July Ordinary Meeting of the Council,
Council CEO Colette Byrne said: “This funding helps to provide match funding for many national grant schemes including Town and Village Renewal Scheme, Outdoor Rural Infrastructure Scheme and Rural Regeneration Development Fund.
“There are similar projects all across the County that are made possible with the additional funding from the local property tax”.
Council Head of Finance Martin Prendiville said: “The Covid pandemic has seriously impacted many of the Council’s funding sources including commercial rates and car parking, making the Councillor’s decision on the Local Property Tax all the more important”.
“The council like so many businesses, has seen increased costs in delivering its services and projects during this pandemic.”
Cathaoirleach of the Council, Cllr Fidelis Doherty, added: “These projects are so important to the people of Kilkenny and whilst the Council’s contribution may be modest it is essential to many groups and projects.
“The last year has been challenging for so many people and communities and the Council being in a position to support community projects is a small measure of acknowledgment of their important work during this difficult time.”