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SAY NO TO TWO RATE INCREASES

 

SAY NO TO TWO RATE INCREASES 
Dungarvan Businesses; Are you aware that the two values used to calculate your rates are set to increase in 2014 ??
The result of this is that you as a business owner in Dungarvan will be paying more!!!  
 
Your rates are calculated by multiplying the (1) Annual Rate Valuation, as determined by the County Council, by the (2) Valuation on your Property, as determined by the Commissioner of Valuation
Simple example:
  (1) ARV (2013) (2) Property 
Valuation Payable
Rates Payable (2013) €60.34 X €50 = €3,017.
There is a strong indication that we face an increase to the ARV for Dungarvan as the format for  council mergers across the country is set to bring about ‘equalisation’ of rates in city and county councils. Also separately to this, the revaluation of properties is taking place in Dungarvan which may also increase the rates payable on your property in 2014.
(1) ARV
Recently the Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber collected your signature for a petition to STOP AN INCREASE IN RATES resulting from the imminent merger of the Waterford City, Town and County Councils. 
 
Waterford is the first county to be involved in the merger process where there are three rate bases: a City Council rate, a County Council rate and a Town Council rate. 
 
Dungarvan’s rates base is lower than the current City and County rate base, but it has not been taken into consideration. Furthermore because Dungarvan Town Council has worked within its budgets over the years, there are no overdrafts or loans outstanding as it enters into this merger, unlike the city and county councils. Therefore if the rates go up; Dungarvan Businesses are being asked to contribute to paying off City and county debts unless we demand otherwise. 
We need you – as a rate payer to start considering how a rate increase will affect you, particularly where there would be no additional services offered to the town. 
 
 
(2) Revaluation of properties by the Commissioner of Valuation
Revaluations are also taking place all over Ireland, and 2013 is Waterford’s time.  This is separate to the change outlined above. At this stage you have no doubt been contacted by the Rates Valuation Office, had a visit or a request for information (if you are a hotel / pub or petrol station).  
During 2013 the Rates Valuation Office will engage with rate payers and tell businesses what their rates liability for 2014 is likely to be, based on the new valuations. Businesses can then advise the Rates Valuation Office if they are unhappy with the new valuation through the representation process which is free.
The new Valuation List will be published December 2013 and will be effective for rates purposes in 2014. People’s individual rates liabilities may/will change from that point on.
So this is where it gets grey…..
If you have a new Rateable Valuation based on your business/ size etc., it will still not be transparent what your rates are likely to be unless we get a ‘stay’ on the current (rates) ARV (set by Council), otherwise any increase could be blurred by the revaluation rate also going up!
Your new Rateable Valuation given to you by the Rates Valuation Office (2) will multiplied by a newly amalgamated council multiplier (1) ARV,  which if brought in line with Waterford City,  will be set at €66.22 as opposed to €60.34 which was used as the multiplier for Dungarvan in 2013. 
 Possible future example (1) ARV (2014) (2) Property 
Valuation Payable
Rates Payable (2014) €66.22 X €55 = €3,312
 
 
What Can You Do? 
Please contact your local TD and demand that they stop the Annual Rate Valuation increasing for the next five years!!
 
Say NO to an increase in the ARV as a result of the merger
 
Contact your Dail representative today!!
 
John Deasy TD; 83 O'Connell Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Tel; 058-43003 Fax; 058-45315
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Ciara Conway TD; 36 Mary Street, Dungarvan, Co Waterford
Tel ; 058 24514
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Rates Valuation Office; Revaluation Explanatory Guide for Commercial Ratepayers www.valoff.ie/revaluation.html
Revaluation Helpline   01 8171033   Locall 1890 531431
http://www.valoff.ie/revaluation_waterford.html
 

What is the Chamber doing about the Merger of the Councils??

 

What is the Chamber doing about the Merger of the Councils??
It is the hope of Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber that the  proposed merger of the Town, City and County Councils will  bring about renewed energy and a vision for prosperity for Dungarvan, West Waterford  and the county as a whole. However we (The Chamber)  still have acute concerns around the areas of rates, municipal structures and the future organizational structures (the people) that will run the town and West Waterford and where they will be housed. As a result the Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber   requested a meeting with Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan, and as yet have not received a positive reply. From there a Chamber delegation met with John Deasy TD to discuss our issues and John assisted us in setting up a meeting with Sean Alyward who is the Head of the Implementation Committee. 
From this meeting the Chamber was referred to and have contacted Gerry Kearney Chairperson of The Boundary Commission, insisting that  Dungarvan as the urban centre along with its wider hinterland be given status as the main Municipal District outside Waterford City.
We are also contacting Colm Lavery Principal Officer with responsibility for Local Government Finance (Rates)  who has  also been written to by Chambers Ireland, requesting a ‘Transition Arrangement’ (an agreement to keep rates as they are for a number of years). 
All of these points have since been raised in a constructive meeting with Ciara Conway on Monday 25th March who is following up on our behalf regarding each of these issues and helped us with our understanding of how this could all pan out going forward. 
The outcomes from meeting Sean Aylward and his colleague from the  Implementation Committee was that they would include the following recommendations in their report:
1.             Tenders have been sought to complete a feasibility study of the Waterford City and County to make recommendations  to the implementation committee regarding the merger. We understand that as part of this study the Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber of Commerce will be contacted to give their views on how the merger needs to be handled for continued economic progress and to protect the commercial life givers of Dungarvan and its wider hinterland.
2.             The implementation committee will include in their report that Dungarvan as the County Town will be given a “go to person” who is a senior manager within the new structure, is known to the town, located in the civic offices in Dungarvan, and who is in control of the budget for the district and the activities which are currently important in our yearly calendar of events – i.e Sean Kelly race, Food Festival etc. It was suggested that the activities of this position be similar to the current positions of Town Clerk currently held by Joe Flaherty and the and Town Engineer and that both of these positions are located in Dungarvan.
3.             The Economic development of the Dungarvan municipal district will include two development officer positions as is the case right now, and these positions will be based in Dungarvan. We understand from the meeting that it will be their remit to support the historic activities as well as shape the future development of the district.
4.             Council meetings will be held in both the city and the Dungarvan municipal district
5.             In order to represent sectorial interests –Representatives from the Dungarvan Municipal District will be represented on the future Economic Development SPC 
 
It is our hope therefore that our possible creative solutions be applied in this merger situation so that County Towns - where operating efficiently are invigorated rather stifled when merged into a larger entity, and that you will be in support of our submission.
 
Our Suggestions include:
1.       Applying the lowest rate base of the county as adopted in other mergers using Dungarvan's rate base across the  county
2.       Retain Dungarvan Town Council as a test case within the amalgamation programme, as this is currently an efficient and financially transparent and accountable entity.
 
We will continue to seek out the decision makers and ensure we are being considered equally and fairly in this process. We hope you will support our actions and endeavors to safeguard our area from  possible negative financial, social and corporate impositions
 

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