Fianna Fáil, the Greens and Labour are supporting a plan to increase Council spending next year by €10 million. They are getting local businesses and consumers to pay for this additional spending by a combination of a 4% hike in commercial rates, increasing parking charges by 33% and removing promotions for our towns and villages.
None of these parties, which form the majority on DLRCoCo, campaigned in the local elections on increasing commercial rates, increasing parking charges or removing valuable local promotions that help our town and village centres, but that is exactly what will be implemented at the Council’s Annual Budget Meeting this week.
Fine Gael councillors on DLRCoCo led the way for the last 10 years in reducing the cost of doing business in dlr. We reduced commercial rates, year-by-year, by 5.5% over the last 10 years, but now Fianna Fáil will undo almost all this progress, in a single year.
Nobody I know voted for it and there is no mandate for this budget.
These measures will close vulnerable, small businesses in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. It is unjustified and it is bad for the local economy.