Councillors reject raise in property rates for vacant business premesis

A proposal by Wicklow county council to limit the rate of refund for vacant properties to 90% for 2015 was rejected by the majority of councillors at their budget meeting yesterday.

Councillor Pat Fitzgerald stated that owners of properties were struggling to rent their properties and that the imposition of this charge would make a bad situation worse.

Councillor Fitzgerald stated that that were 157 vacant properties in the Arklow Municipal district and in his opinion to pass this proposal would not improve the situation.

I have been contacted by many property owners who state that despite their best efforts, coupled with a reduction in rents they cannot lease their properties.

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