City Hall to collect boundary extension commercial rates from New Year's Day

City Hall to collect boundary extension commercial rates from New Year's Day
Map showing the old city boundary and the new expanded Cork City Council boundary which came into effect in May 2019.

BUSINESSES in Ballincollig, Blarney, Douglas and Glanmire will cease paying their commercial rates to Cork County Council from tomorrow.

From midnight, Cork City Council will become the rating authority for businesses operating in the expanded city following May’s intensely debated boundary extension. This means that the 2020 rate will be paid to City Hall.

There will be no rate increase and bills will be posted to business owners in March.

Seven months ago, Cork City grew nearly fivefold in size taking in areas that included Douglas, Rochestown, Grange, Frankfield, Ballincollig, Blarney, Tower and Glanmire. Over 400 services transferred from the county area to the city.

However, Cork County Council remained the rating authority for the transfer area until the end of 2019.

City council director of finance, John Hallahan said: “We would like to reassure businesses that commercial rates for 2020 will remain the same as commercial rates in 2019, there will not be an increase in rates.

“Ratepayers can expect bills to issue in March. If your business is in the area that transferred into the city from Cork County Council, you will be issued with a new account number by Cork City Council. This is a vital reference number. You will be given this account number when your first bill is issued by Cork City Council in March,” Mar Hallihan added.

Ratepayers should note that any arrears of rates outstanding as of December 31, 2019, will remain payable to Cork County Council.

Ratepayers in the transfer area can find frequently asked questions (FAQs) on paying rates to Cork City Council on the homepage of corkcity.ie and in the ‘Business Supports’ section of corkcity.ie.

Businesses can also contact Cork City Council’s Customer Service Unit at 021 492 4000, with queries.

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