Should the Cork City boundary be extended or should both Cork Councils be merged.. What do YOU think?

Cork Local Government ReviewDo you have an opinion on whether the Cork City Boundary should be extended, possibly as far out as Ballincollig, Carrigaline, Ringaskiddy, Little Island, Carrigtwohill, Cobh and Monard or should the Cork City and the Cork County councils be merged?

The Cork Local Government Committee; a five member group chaired by Alf Smiddy, with two UCC academics, a senior counsel and a former local authority manager will examine 1) whether the City Boundary should be altered and if so, recommend the alterations to the boundary OR 2) if the Cork City and County Councils should be merged, like the recently merged Limerick and Tipperary councils

There are many Pros and Cons to both sides of the argument,  (a few that spring to my mind)

  • Improved services could be a bonus to everyone living just outside the city boundary
  • For businesses, could the extension adversely effect the rates they pay?
  • If the City boundary was extended, the City Council’s income would increase from the extra household tax and business rates but the County Council funds would be reduced accordingly so how would they be able to fund/maintain their facilities, road repairs, etc?
  • If both City & County Councils are merged, as a biggest County in Ireland would it then get a bigger budget from Dublin?

If you want to submit your opinion  The Closing date is Friday 27th February 2015

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or you can write to Cork Local Government Committee, Floor 3, Civic Offices, City Hall, Cork

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