New projects in the areas of Climate Adaptation, Community, Transport, Libraries etc will be funded from additional revenue arising from Wicklow County Council’s decision to increase the rate of Local Property Tax.
Wicklow County Council voted on Monday to increase the rate of Local Property Tax by 10 per cent which will yield the sum of €1.724m in much-needed revenue for the Council.
This additional revenue will be ringfenced to meet the Council’s requirement to provide match funding for a number of exciting new projects under the National Development Plan including:
- Blessington Greenway Project
- Arklow Historic Town Centre
- Bray Public Transport Bridge
- New Library/Redevelopment of Fitzwilliam Square, Wicklow
- Greystones Community CCTV Scheme
- Avonmore Way Link Bridge
In 2018 Wicklow County Council secured Government grant funding for projects totalling €27m, which will require a match-funding element of €5.7m.
For 2019 Wicklow County Council has submitted applications for grant funding for projects with a total value of €29m, which if successful will require match-funding of €7.4m.
In September 2019 Wicklow County Council adopted a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the County which identified a number of important measures to be taken over the lifetime of the Strategy. The additional revenue from the proceeds of the increase in Local Property Tax will help fund a number of these measures including the appointment of a Climate Action Officer.
The additional revenue will also supplement the level of discretionary funding to be allocated to the five Municipal Districts for the repair and restoration of roads and footpaths as well as important public realm works throughout the County.
21 councillors voted to increase the Local Property Tax by 10%.
Councillor Tom Fortune was critical of the increase saying ” The people of the county just can’t afford it, I’m disappointed with the vote, only seven of us voted against the increase. I sure if the vote had taken place in early May it would have went a lot different.”