The Chamber of Commerce will meet this Wednesday in a new venue, Mikey Ryans at 6pm. President of the Chamber Sean Laffey, thanked the Brian Boru for hosting the Chamber meetings over the past six months and was delighted to announce that the autumn meetings are moving to Mikey Ryans on the second Wednesday of the month.
There will be many issues to discuss, not least of which is the upgrade to the town’s Christmas lights. An import issue is the Alza voucher scheme, which is now in its final two weeks and if any traders have voucher to redeem they must do so before the 30th of September.
One perennial issue to is that of Rates, as Sean explained. “Over one quarter of the council’s income comes from levying rates and for many commercial businesses that is a tough tax take. At the moment rates are calculated on the size of a property and not on the value of the business within it. That’s a historical legacy from the 19th century and one that can be only be addressed at national level. However, local councils do set the rate based on those property values. With the proposed streamlining of local and county governance under the Tipperary merger plan there are genuine savings that are already being factored into their new model. We believe that businesses should benefit from these savings through a reduction in their rates, and now is the time to start thinking strategically about making an impartial case for a rethink in the local rate.
Depending on how you look at the merger data, it appears that it will save 4% of the cost of running Tipperary, and we’d like to see that saving being reflected in a pro-rata reduction of the rates in Cashel. Perhaps it is time that we worked together with all the other Chambers and business organisations in Tipperary, North and South to ensure that when county amalgamation takes place businesses will be able to thrive and prosper.”