Levy on business one step closer

by Gazette Reporter

A RECENT plebiscite to decide on whether or not to make Dun Laoghaire a business improvement district (BID) has been
passed by local retailers. However, a local politician said he would not be supporting the BID proposal at the next Dun
Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council meeting, because the turnout to vote was so low.
The results of the plebiscite, announced on February 13, were 215 in favour of the BID, with 178 opposed. The
BID project entails the setting up of a limited company, funded by Dun Laoghaire businesses.
Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) said that fewer than 50% of retailers and businesses had voted for
the BID proposal, and that “based on these results, I will not support the BID proposal
when it comes before Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in March”.
If the proposal is passed by councillors, all businesses in Dun Laoghaire will have to pay a BID levy. In contrast,
Dun Laoghaire Business Association said they were thrilled with the successful outcome of the plebiscite.
The association’s chairman, Don McManus, said: “The major objection from the ‘no’ side was the cost to business, which we completely understand at a time when all businesses are stretched, but 70% of businesses will be paying less than €200 per annum [for the BID levy, if passed]. “We look forward to working closely together with all of the businesses
in the area to boost their business,” he said. Dun Laoghaire Sinn Féin representative Jeanette Kavanagh welcomed
the passing of the plebiscite, saying: “Dun Laoghaire town is in dire need of business innovation, and although this is a step in the right direction, I am concerned that the council will have too much influence.”

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