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Number of Leitrim businesses who participated in rates waiver scheme revealed

May 4, 2021 13:05 By Shannonside News
Number of Leitrim businesses who participated in rates waiver scheme revealed Number of Leitrim businesses who participated in rates waiver scheme revealed
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Almost every business in the coutny part in a variety of schemes last year

Almost 800 ratepayers in Leitrim took part in the government's Covid scheme last year - worth over €1.7million euro.

Details of the financial impact Covid has made on the local authority's finances have been  revealed at the April meeting of Leitrim County Council today.

Vincent Dwyer told Councilors that 2020 was about two things from a financial perspective of the local authority; waivers and restart grants.

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Speaking at the monthly meeting of the local authority, held online once again, Leitrim County's Council's Chief Finance Officer explained that the early part of last year was quite difficult until mid-summer, and that 793 ratepayers last year received a waiver from the government - worth an estimated €1.7m.

This year a more limited rates waiver scheme is being rolled out - with the expectation that 502 ratepayers will receive a waiver of €367,000.

Restart grants worth an estimated €4.2m were drawn down by over 500 businesses while 32 applications have also been received as part of the small business assistance scheme.

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Over expenditure for the year 2020 on the roads programme was €296,000, and for water services was also up slightly, and development management was also increased on previous years.

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