May 26, 2022

The council said the 1.97% increase in domestic and non-domestic rates represents an additional 19 0.19 pence per week (or a total of £ 9.79 for the year) in the average domestic tariff bill and an increase of £ 13.00 per month, or £ of average turnover. For 156.00 per year.

A spokesman for the council described the increase as “modest” and noted the “unprecedented increase in energy and transportation costs and the cost of living” for residents and businesses.

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The spokesman said the new growth was necessary to continue with the provision of services and ‘public growth’, including a £ 19 million investment to stimulate the local economy. The council also wants to provide a comprehensive recovery and growth framework for Borough after Code-19.

Craigon Civic Center. Photo courtesy of Google.

Lord Mayor Alderman Glenn Barr said: “The Murree rate is well below the current rate of inflation, which is currently at 5.4 per cent, and is modest compared to the significant increase in energy costs. Has tried to absorb as much as possible and in view of other unavoidable pressures such as new health and care products.

“Members and officials have worked hard to strike at a rate that recognizes the difficulties facing local communities and businesses in the aftermath of epidemics. That is why this decision represents a balanced and wise approach.” That will ensure that investment is maintained throughout the region, and that vital public services are safe and better for every citizen. “

A spokesman for the council said: “Investing in strategic rehabilitation and development for the borough is a key priority for the council, with a special focus on local employment and reconstruction plans for the coming year.

Other key priorities include health and wellness, community development projects, major public works in major cities, and a focus on parks and open spaces that continue to benefit from a large, transformational investment program. “

Deputy Lord Mayor, Councilor Jackie Donnelly said: “I am delighted that after strong debate, the Council has agreed on a budget that will minimize any increase and burden on our rate payers, while

Prioritize the provision of services to our citizens and the continuous improvement of public services. Councilors from all parties are extraordinarily aware that citizens and businesses within the city have faced significant challenges in the past two years due to rising epidemics and other inflationary pressures. We hope that this modest increase in annual rates will help sustain a diverse program of investment, economic recovery and growth, and contribute to the well-being of all our citizens.

A spokesman for the council said: “The council has ambitious plans for the borough, including a bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2025. Is providing a step-by-step transformation, potentially leading to further development. Major investment projects, such as the South Lake Laser Center in Craigon, have been a catalyst for the growth of the local economy.

“Key investments in urban and rural regeneration will be made through the Capital Investment Program of 2022-2023, which includes a major infrastructure project at Banbridge as part of a public sector scheme that is of high quality in the existing streetscape. Will provide improvement.

Additional work is underway for Tandragee and Waringtown, as well as heritage-led regeneration schemes in Armagh and Lurgan, and a railway extension scheme in Portadown.

Significant investment will also be made to continue the Council’s play strategy, additional investment in the replacement of all artificial pitches throughout the borough, and iconic play and glaming areas for further infrastructure development at Gosford Forest Park. It will be a tourist attraction for the city

“Citizens will also benefit from improved service delivery that will prioritize investment in renewable and sustainable technologies, such as additional electric charging points and low energy lighting, and a comprehensive community growth strategy for all communities across the region.” Support via. “

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