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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council split over three percent rise in new district rate

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has struck a District Rate increase of three per cent for 2018/19, but it took the votes of three of the Independent councillors, backing Sinn Féin, to push it through.

It was opposed by the combined forces of the DUP, UUP and SDLP who argued the increase should be no higher than 1.68 percent.

However, when the vote was taken at the special meeting held in the Townhall, Enniskillen last Thursday night, the proposed increase was adopted by 19 votes to 17.

As a result the domestic District Rate (paid by residents) for 2018/19 is 0.3488p - a rise of three percent. This represents an increase of £0.93 per month on the District Rate element of the rates bill for the average household (domestic ratepayer) within the council area.

The non-domestic District Rate (paid by businesses) is 21.3348p - a rise of three percent. This represents an increase of £8.54 per month on the District Rate element of the rates bill for the average business (non-domestic ratepayer).

 

Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution newspaper...

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