Magherafelt and Cookstown councils prepare to strike rates

Magherafelt District Council Chairperson Catherine Elattar
Magherafelt District Council Chairperson Catherine Elattar
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Magherafelt and Cookstown council will tonight [Tue] set the rates for the final time, ahead of the super-council merger.

The Chairperson of Magherafelt Council, Catherine Elattar used Twitter on Monday night to reassure residents that “Councillors and officers working hard to ensure positive news for local people and businesses”.

Last week, DUP MLA Ian McCrea who recently stepped down as a councillor in Cookstown, called on all three councils in the new Mid Ulster area to strike a 0% rates increase.

Dungannon - the third member of the new Mid Ulster super-council - has already announced a freeze in rates.

Several politicians have however, warned of a major hike in rates in 2015, when the new super-council comes into force.