Longford Town Council is to drop its commercial rates by 2% in 2014, some joyful news for local business people as Christmas approachs.
The announcement was made during a budget meeting of the town authority which was held last Thursday night.
“I am delighted that there will be a reduction in rates by 2%,” said Town Mayor, Cllr Paul Connell (Ind). “This is great news for businesses in Longford town and will really help all those trying to run a business in today’s economic climate.”
The move comes after a turbulent year regarding rate paying and businesses across the county. “This is positive, especially in light of the fact that the town council has had to make such provisions for unpaid rates,” said Cllr Mae Sexton (Ind). “Also the town and co councils have different rates so this brings them more in line with each other, something that needs to be done before the amalgamation in June.”
Cllr Sexton went on to say that many businesses were struggling and she pointed to the need for every support to be made available to help find solutions. Meanwhile, Longford Co Council’s budget meeting will take place on January 6 next. It was initially set for last Wednesday, however a technical matter over sufficient notification of members meant that it was postponed.