Navan Chamber calls for appropriate levels of local government rates for 2012
Navan Chamber has highlighted the increases in rates faced by retailers and businesses in Navan over the last number of years and echo Chambers Ireland’s recent call for local government rates to be set at appropriate levels for businesses in 2012.
At a national level Hilary Haydon, Chair of Chambers Ireland’s Ratepayers & Local Government Council said, “Figures obtained through our own research show that the dependence on commercial rates to fund local government services is still too high, despite the economic downturn. If rates rise further, the future of local business and jobs will become increasingly uncertain.”
“Cost savings achieved by implementing a number of measures would go a long way to easing the pressure being faced by business owners to fund local government budgets including:
- The Local Government Fund for Local Authorities must be maintained;
- The example set down by the integration of local authorities in some regions be applied nationally;
- Close the loophole on motor taxation whereby over €94 million was lost in ‘off-the-road’ declarations made during the 15 months from May 2009 to July 2010, inclusive; and
- Ensure that cost savings in back office administration are ring-fenced for expenditure within the locality and not absorbed by central government.”
“Small and Medium Size Business cannot continue to be taxed by Local Authorities at current levels. SME’s are the future of this country and must focus all financial resources on maintaining their own competitiveness and look to providing the much needed jobs that will assist with our economic recovery. Government must look to achieving savings and new forms of income to fund Local Government and reduce the burden of local authority costs on business,” Haydon concluded.
Frank Harrington, Vice President of Navan Chamber, highlights that the rates burden on businesses in Navan has increased every year since 2008. Rates in Navan have increased by over 15% since 2008 while other comparable towns have seen decreases during the same period. Navan Chamber accepts the necessity of local government rates however highlight the need for them to be set an appropriate levels to ensure competiveness. SMEs have a crucial role to play in rebuilding Ireland’s economy. Government, both national and local, must play a role in ensuring competitiveness within the sector.
Harrington also highlights the need for more transparency and consultation between businesses and local government and welcomes Navan Town Council’s and Meath County Council’s agreement to meet with Navan Chamber to discuss issues such as rates and other issues affecting businesses. Navan Chamber look forward to entering constructive dialogue with the Council with the benefit of all stakeholders with an interest in the town of Navan in mind.
All chamber members, or potential new members, are invited to attend monthly meetings or email Frank Harrington with any issues they wish Navan Chamber to raise on their behalf with the Council. Further information is available from Frank Harrington who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0874179739.