County Council announces commercial rate freeze

first_imgWhatsApp Print Linkedin Facebook NewsLocal NewsCounty Council announces commercial rate freezeBy admin – December 15, 2008 538 Businesses in County Limerick were buoyed by the news today that Limerick County Council will not be increasing the commercial rate for a second year in a row. Announcing details of the Council’s Budget for 2009, the Limerick County Manager confirmed that the commercial rate for 2009 would remain at the 2007 level.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr. Ned Gleeson said that the decision would play an important role in sustaining existing jobs, and ensuring that Limerick remained an attractive location for investment.Mr. Gleeson continued, “Faced with the most challenging economic climate in a decade, extremely difficult decisions had to be made. In making these difficult choices I have been guided by a number of factors including the need to maintain essential services, statutory obligations that the Council must meet, direction from Government with regard to pay and non-pay items, and the need for the Council to give a lead in protecting employment and measures to enhance the Council’s economic performance.”He pointed out that the current Annual Rate on Valuation is one of the lowest of the thirty-four County and City Authorities in the country, as well as being the lowest in the Mid West Region.The total estimated expenditure included in the Draft Budget for 2009 amounts to €125.892 million.  This level of expenditure will be financed from Grants and Subsidies (30.85%), Goods and Services (27.57%),Commercial Rates (21.17%) and Local Government Fund Grant (20.41%).Commenting on the Budget, Councillor John Gallahue, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council said it was a very significant achievement to be freezing rates for a second consecutive year, and the property tax rate for the County was similar to 2007.center_img Twitter Email Previous article315 New Jobs for Mid-West RegionNext articleWork to begin on the great southern trail admin Advertisementlast_img read more