The campaign for a reduced commercial rate undertaken by businessmen in Tipperary Town is to be extended.
The group, which conducted a high profile campaign in the town, vowed this week to set up groups throughout South and North Tipperary to battle for lower commercial rates.
Chairperson of the Tipperary Town group Eamonn Ryan said all the business people involved were very disappointed that Tipperary Town Council voted by seven votes to two to adopt their budget which ignored their plea to reduced commercial rates.
He said that while the group expected this result, they were disappointed that the council could not cut their costs by even 5%.
“This had to be done at county level at an hours notice. We recognise there would have to be sacrifices but everyone has to undergo changes in these difficult times”, Mr Ryan said
He added that they had submitted a request to the council to extend the free parking facility in the town to include the full week up to Christmas and they were grateful to the council for agreeing to the proposal.
Mr Ryan said they would now move on to take the campaign to county level by setting up groups across the north and south county.
“The group will lobby TDs and cabinet members throughout 2012 to achieve change in the rates system and to get a more equitable formula of rate calculation,” he said.
Mr Ryan said water rates have been increased for 50% of commercial users which will increase costs overall to business from the council’s range of taxes. It was regrettable, he said, that all users were not treated in the same manner by holding costs to 2008 levels, with annual increases now being a regular feature.
The group would like businesses across the county to contact them and the Tipp town business men have said they will assist in setting up local groups, Those interested can contact firstname.lastname@example.org