Kerry farmers face development levy for building sheds

Farmers will be hit by a controversial development levy after Kerry County Council voted to bring in new charges.

Farm building work in the county will be hit by a flat rate levy of €4.10 per sqm on new facilities over 250sqm.

The IFA had urged the council to consider exemptions like other counties that would effectively wipe out the charges for farmers.

Independent councillor Johnny Healy- Rae said the development contribution scheme, including an amendment applying the levy to farm buildings over 250sqm, had been passed.

Mr Healy- Rae said 250sqm was only a small exemption when it came to farm buildings and most structures would be impacted by such a levy. It means farmers may face a charge of over €2,200 for an average four-bay shed for animals.

 

On the amendment, he said 15 councillors voted in favour, 14 against and there were four absentees.

Mr Healy-Rae who opposed the levy in its entirety said he felt the council would gain little by it.

He said it would hit small farmers hard when they were giving a lot back to their rural communities already.

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