The Kildare Rates Committee meeting with Minister Simon Coveney earlier this year
Only three to four per cent of Kildare businesses have seen a reduction in their commercial rates since the new valuation system was brought in, according to two members of the Kildare Rates Committee.
This is at odds with the 60% figure given by the Valuations Office.
These meetings were organised following a huge outcry from the business community after many rate payers were hit with soaring increases of up to 300%.
Many feared this would put them out of business.
Mr Cross is now urging anyone who is unhappy with the latest commercial rates demand to make a second appeal.
The Valuation Office has completed it’s revaluation of the rates for businesses in Kildare and considered over 1,100 appeals.
Valuation Certificates were sent to commercial and industrial ratepayers on September 7.
In a previous statement to the Leader, the Valuation Office said 19% of the 4,848 Kildare commercial ratepayers, who received new valuations on April 10, had made representations by the April 18 deadline.
The Valuation Office previously said that some 60% of businesses received rate decreases.
Mr Cross said; “People need to appeal the rates to the independent valuation tribunal by October 12 if they are unhappy with them,” he said.
If people do not make their concerns known, he said they will be legally bound by the valuation. He said in Rathangan, only one business out of a total of 45 got a reduction.
Marcella O'Reilly said she carried out a survey of 74 businesses in Athy. She found three had their rates cut, four stayed the same, six weren't sure and the rest went up.
Ms O'Reilly said she also visited 30 businesses in Naas and a large proportion had received increases.
"The Valuations Office is saying that 60% of businesses had cuts. We are not finding that in Athy, Rathangan, Naas and Newbridge. So unless North Kildare got the majority of cuts, there is no way that figure is correct. That is not the feedback we are getting," she said.
She said the Independent Valuation Tribunal process could be intimidating for people.