Sligo Councillors shoot down proposed hike in Local Property Tax

Majority votes to hold rate at existing level.

Sligo News File Online

There is to be no change in the property tax on family homes in Sligo.

Members of the County Council have rejected a proposal that would have raised the rate by upwards of €40.

Sligo family dwellings are among the highest taxed in the country owing to the refusal of Fine Gael and Fine Gael members to allow any reduction in the rate over previous years.

Today’s decision to maintain the levy at its current level comes days after representatives of the alarmingly indebted council met with Local Government Minister Simon Coveney to discuss library closures.

Council management says the authority doesn’t have the resources to maintain the facilities.

Coveney is believed to have suggested that the Council could consider increasing the property tax to secure money needed for local services, including the maintenance of the library operations.