Motion to Reduce Commercial Rate Rebate Level For Vacant Properties Rejected

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Councillors at the Tipperary 2024 Budget Meeting have rejected a motion from Cllr Anne Marie Ryan to reduce the level of commercial rate rebate available for vacant properties with a rates liability over €5,000.

Cllr Ryan proposed that the rebate for vacant commercial properties with a rates bill between €5,000 and €10,000 would be reduced to 60% and that the rebate for properties with a rates bill greater than €10,000 would be reduced to 25%. Cllr Ryan also proposed that any commercial property on the Derelict Sites register would not be eligible for a rates rebate at any level. The motion was defeated on a vote of 24 against and four in favour. The motion was supported by Cllrs David Dunne(Sinn Fein), Pat English(WUAG), and Fiona Bonfield(Labour).

The meeting agreed a proposal from the CEO Joe MacGrath that the rates rebate for vacant commercial properties with a bill of less than €5,000 will remain at 100%,  for businesses with a rates bill between €5,000 and €10,000 the rebate will be 80% and that the rebate for properties with a rates bill over €10,000 will be at the level of 60%.

The Council approved the budget with planned expenditure for 2024 of €234,153.88, a 14% increase on the 2023 budget.