Legislation on how business premises are valued must change – Cllr Gallagher

Donegal County Council is being asked to lobby government for a change in legislation on how business premises are valued and the subsequent business rate the owners must pay.

The Valuation office in Dublin determines a rate for each premises in Donegal based on its size - the figure is then multiplied by the local authority's rate to determine what each business must pay.

Councillor Marie Terese Gallagher argues this is unfair as a large premises may have a low turnover while a small
premises may house a very profitable business.

She says a more fair way of determining rates must be introduced as the current system is putting many companies out of business:

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