Rates 2022/23

Non-domestic District Rate (business rate)
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has agreed a 2.72% in the District Rate for businesses.

The non-domestic District Rate is 22.7240p –  2.72% increase.

Domestic District Rate (householder)
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has agreed a 2.72% increase in the District Rate for domestic properties.

The domestic District Rate is 0.3819p – 2.72% increase.

Rates Impact
The striking of the District Rate together with the zero increase in the Regional Rate results in a 1.20% rise in the overall rates bill for domestic and non-domestic ratepayers for 2022/2023.

The increase means a domestic ratepayer with a property with an average value of £114,500 will pay approximately 23p per wee k on their 2022/2023 overall rates bill.

The non-domestic ratepayer with an average net annual value of £18,000 will pay approximately £2.07 per week on their rates bill over the next financial year.

A rates calculator will be available on the  Department of Finance website.

The District Rate increase proposed is 1.22% related to ongoing service costs, and 1.50% attributable to additional capital investment proposals.

Overview of the District Rate
The setting of the District Rate will raise approximately £38m revenue for the Council with an additional £3.3m provided by central government funding and the use of almost £0.58m of reserves to fund local Council services and investment in infrastructure in 2022/2023 across the district.

In 2021/22, services have been subject to various Covid-19 restrictions but most have fully re-opened and the Council is now focussed on recovery and resilience of the district.

Net revenue budget
The net revenue budget for 2022/23 of £39 million reflects both current circumstances and plans for the year ahead.

Net revenue budget 
Waste Management                                                         £10.0m 
Parks, Estates and Property                                               £7.1m 
Corporate Services & Management                                   £6.1m 
Wellbeing and Culture                                                       £5.8m 
Statutory functions including Environmental Health. Planning, Building Control & Licensing     £3.6m 
Community Services                                                          £2.3m 
Economic Development, Investment & Capital Development                 £2.8m  
Democratic Services  £1.3m 
Total                                                                                           £39m 

Capital programme
The Capital Plan for 2022/23 outlines a total proposed capital spend of £14.6m, subject to the receipt of external funding of almost £4m. In line with a capital plan for the next financial year, a number of environmental, urban regeneration and economic development, tourism and leisure projects will be progressed.

The key priority projects in the Capital Plan for 2022/23 include:

Covid Small Settlement Programme/Village Regeneration (£2m of which £1.4m is funded)

Recycling Facilities Development (£1.1m with £480k funding)

Grange Park Destination Play facilities and associated works (£1m)

Enniskillen Workhouse (£1m with corresponding support from Heritage Lottery Funding)

Enniskillen Public Realm Scheme (£250k for finalisation of the programme, which is part of a £5m project and is 90% funded by Department for Communities) and

Delivery of the agreed Play Strategy to include upgrade of various play areas across the district (£1.3m).

Other key projects included in the Capital Plan include: –

Upgrades to Greenways, Water Recreation sites, public conveniences, walkway for countryside access, car park resurfacing (£2m)

Investment in the Council’s fleet, plant and equipment (£1.2m)

Information and Communications Technology Strategy Projects (£650k)

Works at Drummee Transfer Station (£975k) and Omagh (Gortrush Depot) (£925k)

Signage projects (£200k)

Leisure Facilities and Omagh based Community Centres Upgrades (£800k)

Work to support development of strategic projects including the Ardhowen Theatre refurbishment and the Lakeland Forum project (£500k).

Total rates
The total rates paid by Fermanagh and Omagh residents and businesses is made up from a combination of the Regional Rate and the District Rate.

The Regional Rate funds central government services such as roads, education, health provision, emergency services, law and order, social services and community development.

45% of total rates paid by Fermanagh and Omagh residents and businesses goes to the Council to fund Council services and investment in local infrastructure. 55% of the rates goes to Central Government for the provision of Central Government services.

Further information
For further information about rates, including valuations of properties, please contact Land and Property Services by calling 0300 200 7801 or visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/rates

The Department for Communities – General Estimates of Rates 2022/23 is available to download from this link.