Dublin City Council is proposing a 36% increase in the toll for the East-Link bridge among a number of revenue-gathering measures being put forward.

The council has said funding for local government is inadequate.

Dublin City Council's chief executive Owen Keegan has proposed raising the toll on the East-Link Bridge, also known as the Tom Clarke Bridge, from €1.40 to €1.90 for a car - even though the bridge came back into public ownership nearly four years ago.

Other measures proposed include increased rents for council tenants, an increase in the commercial rate and an 80% reduction in local community funding.

In a report to councillors Mr Keegan stated that the current local government funding system "does not provide the required resources to sustain Dublin City Council's services".

He said the most significant issue is an annual loss of €8.4 million in rates that are going to Irish Water from next year.

Mr Keegan accused the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government of going back on a commitment to make the transition process revenue neutral for local authorities.

He also said the department failed to provide funding to partially offset the loss. 

To make up a series of funding shortfalls the council is proposing to raise the rents for council tenants by up to €7.27 a week to raise €4m, while another €5.3m is to be raised from a 1.5% increase to the commercial rates.

The extra €1.9m to be raised from the increased East-Link tolls would be spent on road improvement.

The refund rate for vacant properties would also be reduced from 40% to 35%.

The Area Discretionary Fund, which provides money for community projects and public environment improvements, is to be reduced from €6.2m to €1.25m and Mr Keegan is recommending that this money is diverted to council area services instead.

The chief executive states that funding for the restoration of void housing units is "exhausted", management fees for housing acquired under Part V are going to cost €2.7m next year, while overall insurance costs are due to increase by just under €12m.

The payment funding gap from the HSE for the Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance service is "unlikely to be resolved" which means that the city council cannot expect another €4m in funding. .

Mr Keegan said that a "funding shift" for local government with the introduction of the Local Property Tax has been "disadvantageous" to the city council.

The council only gets an extra €4m out of the €80m gathered by the LPT with 20% of receipts going to other local authorities as part of an equalisation measure and councillors applying the maximum 15% discount in the rate each year since it was introduced.

"The net effect of the Local Property Tax for Dublin has been to increase service expectation of residents while generating little additional income to meet these service expectations," he says.

The budget is due to be debated by councillors next Monday.