Longford FG Councillor defends property tax hike despite election manifesto pledge

A Fine Gael councillor has defended Longford Council’s hike in property tax despite a draft election manifesto pledge to the contrary.

Newspaper reports today claimed the party’s local election candidates are being told to campaign on a promise of working to lower the controversial tax.

But Paraic Brady says the Local Property Tax, which Longford councillors voted to raise by 15pc last September, helps to fund a huge range of projects that the county needs.

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He described the increase which results in an average hike of just €7 a year for house owners as “modest.”

He says the money generated by the LPT of around €1.5m a year, allows the council to borrow and bring in match funding to the county which topped €14m last year for initiatives like the Granard Moate and Camlin Quarter.

And he says the funding is needed to build County Longford into “somewhere special.”