Dublin City Council

 

Question to City Manager                           City Council Meeting 02/04/2012

 

Q111.  COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager explain the commercial rates system as implemented by Dublin City Council?  Can he include topics such as differential rates, exemptions etc.?

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
Rating legislation is spread across numerous Acts many of which date from the 19th century.  The primary legislation relating to rates is the Poor Relief (Ireland) Act 1838.  The rate on each property is based on a valuation carried out by the Valuation Office, which is multiplied by the rateable valuation determined by the Council at its budget meeting each year, for example a valuation of €58 with the rateable valuation for 2012 of 61.19 gives a rate of €3,509.02.  One rateable valuation is determined each year and is applied to the valuations of all rateable properties. 
           
Schedule 4 of the valuation Act 2001 sets out details of relevant property not rateable.  The schedule includes land used for agriculture, horticulture, forestry and sport.  Also, buildings used exclusively for public religious worship, caring for sick persons, educational institutions, any art gallery, museum, library, park or national monument which is open to the public and not maintained for the purpose of making a private profit, community halls and buildings used for charitable purposes by a charitable organisation (see sec. 16).  Buildings occupied by members of either house of the Oireachtas or a member of the European Parliament exclusively as his/her constituency office.     

Contact:          Rose Kenny, Executive Manager
Tel:                  222 2120                    

Q112.  COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager confirm whether any revenue accrues to Dublin City Council from the advertising hoardings on the various sites around Dublin?

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
Culture Recreation & Amenity Department do not receive any revenue from outdoor        advertising hoarding sites.
           
Contact:          Grainne Kelly, Administrative Officer
Tel:                  2223144         

 

Q113.  COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager comment on the effect on Dublin City Council’s Anti Social
Behaviour policy of the Supreme Court decision in the Donegan v Dublin City Council case?  How many outstanding cases are affected by this decision?

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
The decision in Donegan has no effect of the anti-social policy of the City Council but may in a very limited number of cases affect the way in which a case is processed. Outstanding cases are being reviewed to determine the effect on individual cases.

Contact:          Lorcan Gogan, Senior Executive Solicitor
Tel:                  222 3249

Q114.  COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager provide this Council with the number of Derelict Site levies being applied within the Dublin area by location, amount and the length of time these levies have been paid? Can he also provide the number, location and value of Derelict Sites where the owners cannot be identified and the length of time these sites have been on the register? 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
The information sought is contained in the attached table.  The sites are listed in order of the date on which they were entered on the Derelict Sites Register.  There are four cases – marked on the right-hand column – in which the owner is unknown.

The Councillor is advised to contact the Derelict Sites Section if any clarification is required.

Contact:          Paul Crowe, Derelict Sites Section
Tel:                  222 3378