What is County Rate?
County Rate (more commonly known as Rates or Commercial Rates) is a local commercial property tax which part funds the revenue expenditure programme of Local Authorities. The types of property upon which rates are charged include shops, offices, factories, warehouses, hotels, licensed premises etc.
What are Rates used for?
The income received from rates contributes to the cost of providing many of the services which are operated by Cork County Council.
A sample of services which Cork County Council provides are:
- Economic Development including provision of incubation units and Local Enterprise Offices
- Local and Community Development
- County road maintenance and improvement
- House maintenance
- Fire Brigades and related services
- Planning control
- Parks, amenity areas and playgrounds
- Libraries and mobile libraries
- Town and Village renewal
- Beach Life Guards
In 2016, over €1m of rate income has been ringfenced for the Council's Economic Development Fund. While a further €1m has been ringfenced for the Council's Town Development Fund, which supports Municipal Districts in enhancing their role in supporting town development.
For further information regarding services provided by Cork County Council click here to view Cork County Council's Annual Report or here to view the County Manager's Budgetary Report.