Monday 23rd January 2017
Athlone based Senator, Gabrielle McFadden has urged businesses to carefully review their Proposed Valuation for rates and if necessary to appeal them. Under The Valuation Act, 2001 a national review of valuations is taking place and Westmeath and Longford are among the latest tranche to be completed, with all local businesses recently receiving Proposed Certificates of Valuation. Some of these valuations will see rates on a property rise significantly.
“What businesses may not realise” said Sen. McFadden “is that it is possible to appeal the valuation. Once your certificate is issued, you have 40 days to make an appeal to the Valuations Office. So in the case of Westmeath, the closing date is February 21st .”
“In order to help you understand the process, two days – next Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st of January – have been organised with Westmeath County Council whereby Valuation Office staff will be on hand to assist anyone considering lodging a representation. They will be available 9am to 5pm in both the Civic Offices in Athlone, and County Buildings in Mullingar for any business owner that wishes to discuss their recent assessment.”
Sen McFadden went on to say that anyone seeking additional information should contact her office or check the Valuation Office website at http://www.valoff.ie.
“As someone who has been involved in business myself, I am acutely aware that business, and especially small business is the heartbeat of our towns and villages and we must ensure that they are all treated fairly”