Council Rejects Call To Change Rates System

NORTH Tipperary county councillors rejected a call by Labour’s Cllr Virginia O’Dowd to have setting of the fixed valuation figure for commercial rates changed to allow local councils set their own valuations.

NORTH Tipperary county councillors rejected a call by Labour’s Cllr Virginia O’Dowd to have setting of the fixed valuation figure for commercial rates changed to allow local councils set their own valuations.

The valuation figure comes under the remit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and local councils only have the power the change the muliple it uses to decide their commercial rate.

In a motion before the council’s March meeting Cllr O’Dowd called on North Tipperary County Council to write to the Minister requesting him to allow each council to set their own valuation figure with a view to having a more equitable playing field.

Cllr O’Dowd maintained that by setting its own valuation figure, the council would be able to allow for individual valuations in each town and rural area and could entice businesses to set up in certain parts of the county.

“This could help rejuvenate areas, even within towns,” she said.

Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star