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LPT Setting Local Adjustments - FAQ

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Local Property Tax
Public Consultation on Setting Local Adjustment Factor

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Local Property Tax (LPT)?

Local Property Tax (LPT) is an annual tax charged on all residential properties in the State and came into effect in 2013. The LPT is collected by the Revenue Commissioners.

What is the Local Adjustment Factor?

A local authority may vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax within its own area by a maximum of 15%. This means that Kildare County Council can either increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in County Kildare in 2016 by up to 15% on the baseline rate.

What does this mean for the average household?

The table below gives an indication of the rate of Local Property Tax for an average household in Kildare following a 15% decrease or increase on the baseline rate.

LPT Valuation Band

Baseline LPT Tax




€0 – €100,000




€100,001 – €150,000




€150,001 – €200,000




€200,001 – €250,000




€250,001 – €300,000

Over €1,000,000















Does the Council have to vary the rate of LPT for 2016?

At the meeting of Kildare County Council held on the 22nd of September 2014 to consider this matter the members agreed to reduce the basic rate of local property tax applicable within the County by 7.5%. This reduction applies for a period of one year from the 1st of November 2014 (liability date) to the 31st of October 2015 and the 2015 local property taxcharge payable by property owners within the County reflected this reduction. The Local Property Tax rate reverts back to its original basic rate on the 1st of November unless a further decision is made by the elected members to retain the existing variation or apply an alternative variation.

What is the money collected under the Local Property Tax used for in the Council?

This money contributes towards the cost of providing a range of local Council services including libraries, public lighting, road maintenance, housing services, fire services, supporting community initiatives, dealing with illegal dumping and littering, maintenance of parks and playgrounds and tourism development initiatives.

What will an adjustment in the Local Property Tax mean in terms of Council services?

If the rate is reduced and if funding is not available to replace this reduction, then a reduced level of income available to the Council will limit the range and extent of services and supports that can be provided in 2016.

If the rate is increased, then an increased level of income available to the Council will increase the capacity to deliver services and supports in 2016.

When will the Council make a decision on varying the rate of Local Property Tax in Kildare?

This decision will be made at a Council meeting to be held in September 2015.

Can I give my views and opinions on any proposal to increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax?

Yes, Kildare County Council would like to hear your views and opinions on any proposal to maintain, increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Kildare. We would like to hear your thoughts on the potential effects of varying the basic rate of the Local Property Tax on households, individuals, businesses and on Council services.

To make your submission you can write to:

LPT Submissions,
Finance Section,
Kildare County Council
Aras Chill Dara,
Co. Kildare

or email:

All submissions must be received by 5pm on 7th August 2015. There is no prescribed format for a submission.

What will the Council do with the submissions that are received?

The elected members of Kildare County Council will consider the feedback received from this public consultation as part of the decision-making process, individual responses will not be issued. However, the Chief Executive will provide a summary of the written submissions received in a report to the elected members.

In making their decision on whether or not to vary the rate, the elected members will consider the following:

  • Estimated Income and Expenditure for the Council in 2016
  • Financial Position of Kildare County Council at present
  • Estimated Financial effect of the varied rate in 2016
  • Feedback from the Public Consultation

LPT Local Adjustment Factor 2017

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