Wednesday 26 July 2017

Business rate payers must get a fairer deal

Housing Minister Simon Coveney Photo: Steve Humphreys
Housing Minister Simon Coveney Photo: Steve Humphreys
Editorial

Editorial

For precisely 40 years - ever since an ill-judged but successful effort by Fianna Fáil to "buy" the 1977 General Election - business rate payers have carried an unfair burden in the funding of local government.

The abolition of domestic local rates back then has ever since left councils with few options for other locally generated revenues.

Too often the commercial rate has been a crude levy on businesses struggling to provide scarce local employment and important local services.

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