Kilkenny homeowners will not be hit with property tax hikes this year
KILKENNY homeowners will not be hit with property tax hikes this year, it has emerged.
It comes after ministers agreed not to implement the recommendations of a long-awaited review of the Local Property Tax (LPT) for another year.
Property tax rates have been frozen since 2013. A decision was made in 2016 to keep them at the current level until November 2019.
However, in recent months some Fine Gael ministers from south Dublin expressed concern about potentially steep hikes to the tax next year.
Last month Taoiseach Leo Varadkar strongly hinted that the Government would cede more powers to local authorities as part of a series of measures to prevent a massive hike in local property tax (LPT) bills later this year.
Kilkenny County Council currently charges the standard rate of LPT as set by the Government. Last September council members voted to keep the rate of property tax unchanged for the second year in a row.
The LPT is assessed at 0.18pc of a property’s market value and is designed to fund local services. The rates paid by households are based on valuations after the economic crash, but prices have risen considerably since then.
Average house prices in Kilkenny in the final quarter of 2018 stood at €221,000 – a rise of 7%. This was 2% above the national average 67% higher than the average of a home in Kilkenny at the lowest point of the property crash.