Monday, 27 February 2017

Substantial Boundary Extension proposal will mean higher Rates and Property Taxes for County

An amalgamation of Cork City and County Council was preferred option and majority view of the expert group set up in 2015 to look at local government arrangements in Cork city and county. 
A minority of the review group favoured a substantial boundary extension for Cork city. There was fierce political opposition from City Council interests to the preferred option and Minister Simon Coveney ordered a review of the review. 
If the review of the review favours a move to a large-scale boundary then opposition in the county must be mobilised as such a proposal poses a huge threat to rural life.  
Make no mistake about it this suggestion is essentially a money grabbing exercise by Cork City Council and we in rural Cork must fight it at every level. The suggestion that because most people living in the urban sprawl of Cork suburbs such as Togher, Doughcloyne, Douglas, Donnybrook, Grange and Rochestown regard themselves as living in the city is not a reason for a smash and grab and the decimation of the communities in Blarney Carrigaline, Glanmire, Carrigtwohil, Ballincollig and Ballygarvan. And where will it end?  will they keep coming back for more of our beloved county if they need more money. The huge movement of population from one authority to another will also undermine existing Municipal District boundaries. Changing the boundary would have a hugely  divisive effect on relations between the city and county.  
A boundary extension would have significant negative financial implications for County Cork due to loss of revenue from, for example, commercial rates and Local Property Tax. This will mean higher Commercial Rates and  Property tax for people in the rest of the county. we urge all those living in the county to fight this money grab in any way possible. 

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