No change expected in Dungannon rate

A FINANCIAL boost is set to be given to ratepayers across the Borough after it emerged that Dungannon Council is expected not to raise rates for a fifth year running.

For the past four years, the council has been the only one in Northern Ireland to set the rates hike at zero percent. The rates are due to be ratified at the monthly meeting of the council.

It is the first time in the history of local government in Northern Ireland that the rates have not changed over a five-year period.

This year’s rates freeze was achieved in spite of the council bringing forward a range of regeneration measures and investment across the borough.

However, there is widespread warning that rates will rise with the creation of the new Mid Ulster super council.