Commercial rate payers in Carrick-on-Suir and Tipperary town face hikes in their payments from 2016 following the introduction of a new countywide rates harmonisation scheme.
The first budget meeting for the new Tipperary County Council was told on Monday that commercial rates remain the councilâ€™s largest funding with â‚¬30.3m expected to be collected next year
But while the commercial rates will remain the same for 2015 as they were in 2014 across the board, there will be a sharp increase for rate payers in the former Tipperary, Carrick-on-Suir Nenagh and Templemore Town Councils as rate harmonisation kicks in for the 2016 Budget. This new rate will be 56.77 and will mean an increase from 50.99 for Carrick-on-Suir, 52.20 for Tipperary, 53.90 for Templemore, and 55.68 for Nenagh - the council has a nine year window to harmonise the commercial rates.
Carrick-on-Suir councillor Kieran Burke expressed concern at the implications for the townâ€™s rate payers at the eight hour meeting in Nenagh.
The first estimates meeting for the new amalgamated council was told that the council will spent more than â‚¬2.6m per week in the county in 2015 in an historic â‚¬139m Budget which was presented to members of the local authority.
The budget sees 30% alone going on roads, transportation and safety. A call to have the daylong meeting adjourned to allow for workshops to take place instead and another date to be set for the formal adoption of the estimates was ruled out by Chairman Michael Fitzgerald who said that there had been ample time for consultation and discussion if councillors had wished to do so.
The council plans to spend almost â‚¬41m on roads, transportation and safety in 2015, while housing and building will account for â‚¬28.14m of the Budget.
Water services will be responsible for â‚¬15.5m. There is also a â‚¬2.5m allocation made for members payments, expenses, conferences and support services.
Chief Executive Officer Joe MacGrath told members that while economic indicators point to a recovering Ireland, local factors give rise to disparities in the rate of recovery across the country and within county Tipperary. And he outlined the councilâ€™s intention to adopt â€œa prudent balanced budget approach to the management of finances and budgetary controlâ€.
â€œThe budget assures the continued delivery of local services across the county while actively promoting and assisting economic development and contributing positively to the quality of life in our local communitiesâ€, he said.
Cllr Jim Ryan attempted to introduce a year long two hour free parking charge on Saturdayâ€™s in all towns in the county, but this was not accepted.