A proposal to abolish commercial rates following the introduction of the local property tax was defeated by a vote at South Tipperary County Council.
The call had come from Cllr Tom Wood who said the rates burden fell on the business community 36 years ago when domestic rates were abolished. It was unfair and the valuation system is “archaic” he added. “I am calling on the government to abolish rates which are hindering development.”
County Secretary John O’Mahoney said the local property tax is not payable on commercial properties. County Manager Billy McEvoy said it was “unthinkable” in the context of services and staff to abolish rates as they are an important element of local authority income. “This is a sensitive and difficult issue with no obvious or easy solution.”