Responding to comments on social media calling for some form of rate refunds, DUP group leader Mark Baxter said: “I agree. Not receiving it is unacceptable.”
It mentions on the websites of companies Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council that there are currently no facilities to offer discounts for any service cuts.
“We deeply regret the impact and disruption caused by continued industrial operations,” began the response. ‘Will the rate payer get a refund?’
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“The rate collection is managed by Land and Property Services (LPS), which is responsible for the valuation and rating of the property. This rate is used to pay for various public services annually.
“No facility under the current system would offer a discount on any service cuts provided by a public authority.”
Asked by the Local Democracy Reporting Service whether LPS has considered a way to reimburse residents for this lengthy period of disruption, an LPS spokesperson explained the council set the rates to be charged in each area as needed. perform the services provided
“Land and Property Services (LPS) collects rates on behalf of the county councils,” the spokesperson said. “The council decides on the level of rates to be charged in its area. Based on the amount of revenue they estimate they need to fund for the services they provide.”