Cllr Hughie McGrath called for a change in the way commercial rates are charged at North Tipperary County Council’s budget meeting. “We should strike a rate on turnover and not on square meterage,” he said.
The Independent councillor said that despite the commercial rate dropping for the fifth year in a row, councillors will be told they are “doing nothing to change rates”.
He said the bigger multiples gain from a drop in commercial rates and he was thinking about the centre of town.
“We’ll get in on free parking on the outskirts of the town and no free parking in the centre of town. It’s time to change the system,” he said.
However, Mayor Ger Darcy said changing the system for commercial rates was something no government had done anything about.
“We have reduced rates by 11 per cent over five years. It is not an issue for us today,” said Cllr Darcy.
Cllr Virginia O’Dowd said it was unfair that someone in Puckaun was charged the same valuation as a shop on Grafton Street in Dublin.