The rooms disappointed by the increase in prices
Shannon and Ennis Chambers, on behalf of the 500 member companies they represent, expressed disappointment at the 3.8% rate hike approved by County Clare councilors last Friday.
Chambers said the decision is very much at odds with other government decisions and accepts that businesses still need support to enable them to overcome the challenges they have faced since the onset of COVID-19 and continue. to cope, as cases increase, and a new variant has been detected.
Having been informed very soon that such an increase was going to be voted on, the Chambers requested the postponement of such a decision in order to facilitate engagement with the multisectoral clientele they represent, including their contribution to the he economy of Co Clare, financially and otherwise, is important and reflects their commitment to the county.
âBusinesses have shown tremendous resilience in the way they deal with the pandemic, reorganizing the way they work to support their operations and retain much-needed jobs in the county. A decision of this nature, which will increase their cost base at Co Clare, should have been made in consultation with the companies concerned.
âComments from members we have spoken to over the past few days are that the increase is not welcome, especially when rates in neighboring counties are cheaper. Many companies are struggling with cash flow and have welcomed the waiver they received in 2020/2021. They wouldn’t expect a return to the full rate, let alone an increase.
âWe must give companies time to recover. Engaging with them through the Chamber before the increase was sanctioned would have allowed companies to assess and present their perspective on the financial impact of a tariff increase. An increase as passed could, over time, negatively impact future investment decisions in the county, âChambers said.