(Mayor Darren Ryan and Clonmel Chamber President Tina Mulhearne at the presentation of the Chamber's rates submission to the Borough Council)
Clonmel Chamber has presented its submission regarding commercial rates to Mayor Darren Ryan in advance of the Borough Council's annual budget meeting. The Chamber has presented a range of options to the Mayor all underpinned by the need for the local authority to recognise the difficult trading environment for businesses in the town.
Clonmel Chamber President, Tina Mulhearne, speaking at the launch said that it was essential that the Borough Council seek efficiencies and new means of funding themselves. “Businesses are willing to pay their fair share. However in the current climate there must be recognition that there is a changed business environment. Clonmel Borough Council need to look at new and innovative ways of raising funds, there needs to be a move away from relying on the commercial rate payers to provide over 30% of the overall budget for the town” she said.
“Rising business costs are threatening the competitiveness of local businesses and rates are one of the largest costs that any business has to contend with each year. Rates levied need to reflect the current activity levels and need to be linked with the ability to pay. This year we have presented a range of options to the Mayor and we are willing to discuss these options in greater detail with him and his colleagues. Our members employ thousands of people in this town and its environs and the one message that has come back to us from these companies time and again is that there needs to be movement on commercial rates” she added. « Back to All News Stories