Rates on the rise

Thursday, 9 February 2017

BALLYMENA homeowners are facing an average rise of around 25 a year in their annual rates bill next year, the Guardian can reveal this week.
The percentage increase for Mid and East Antrim's domestic ratepayers in 2017/18 is expected to be close to 2pc when the rate is struck at a special council meeting in the Braid Town Hall next Tuesday, February 14.
Reliable sources say the increase is likely to be higher than last year when the rise was 0.98%.
When the regional rate for provincewide services was included last year, it represented an increase of 22 pence per week for the average household and 2.84 for businesses.
Senior council officers have considered this year's financial estimates at a number of workshops with councillors in recent months and the new figure is expected to be ratified at a meeting of the Policy and Resources committee behind closed doors tomorrow night (Wednesday).
The aim has been to try to keep the rate increase as low as possible, while ensuring there is sufficient resources to maintain investment in capital projects across Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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