Aberdeenshire Council is asking businesses to give their opinions on how best to structure a Business Rates Relief Scheme for the area.
Up to £3 million was set aside in the council’s revenue budget to be targeted at rates relief.
Councillors agreed to develop the scheme following approaches from business associations and individual businesses, who had expressed concerns at increases in business rates.
Co-leader, Cllr Richard Thomson called on businesses to get involved in helping to shape the initiative that emerges.
He said: “We have heard the concerns of local businesses about the large rises which some may be facing, and we want to make sure this scheme supports those in greatest need.
“While the council does not set rateable values or decide what proportion of this will be payable in business rate bills, we do have to fund any reduction 100% from our own budget, which is money that is then no longer available for frontline services.”
His fellow co-leader, Cllr Alison Evison, also urged businesses to make their thoughts known.
She said: “Your views can and will directly influence the shape of the scheme councillors will discuss in March.”
Businesses are being asked to submit their suggestions by noon on February 28 to firstname.lastname@example.org