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24-Sep-2009Naas Chamber Calls for No change in Local Authority Charges for Businesses in 2010
Kildare, Ireland, 24-Sep-2009 /PRzone.ie/- Naas Chamber,

Changes to the Local Government Fund mean New Funding Streams for Naas Town Council needed ahead of the publication of the Draft Budget/Book of Estimates.

Naas Chamber has published new data underscoring the challenge for Naas Town Council to meet its budgetary needs. The review of 2009 Local Authority adopted budgets in the Naas Area reveals that commercial charges continue to contribute disproportionately, accounting for some 71% of Total Expenditure.

Inadequate Exchequer funding has left local authorities to source necessary funds from the business community through commercial rates, water charges, development contributions and other charges. All of these have increased year-on-year, damaging business competitiveness.

President of Naas Chamber Allan Shine said, “The challenges business face at this time means that there can be no case for increases in any local authority charges for business next year. Businesses in the Naas area are already facing significant challenges at this time and any additional increase in local authority charges, will further serve to undermine their competitiveness”.

Increases can be avoided with prudent financial management by Naas Town Council. Last year 12 local authorities in 2009 held their charges at 2008 levels, this year we call on Naas Town Council to do the same. This would enhance the competitiveness of local businesses and protect local jobs. It would also increase the attractiveness of the greater Naas area as a region in which to locate a business, driving our local economy and creating employment”.

Businesses in Naas Town Council have seen rates increase by 63% cent since 1999. The regime must be rebalanced to provide a more equitable basis for local authority funding ensuring that businesses, households and central government are each required to pay their fair share applying the 'polluter/user pays' principle, as recommended in the recently launched Indecon Report on local government financing,” Allan Shine continued.

Allan Shine also called on local representatives Minister Aine Brady and Minister Michael Fitzpatrick to put pressure on central government to support the competitiveness of local enterprise and ultimately protect local jobs at this difficult time.

Naas businesses do not object to paying their fair share but since the abolition of domestic and agricultural rates, they are the only ones shouldering this burden.

The core issue of the wholly inadequate level of support from central government to local authorities needs to be addressed,” Allan Shine concluded.


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