Wednesday, November 09, 2022

FUNDING for street cleaning in Carlow town on bank holiday weekends has been approved.

At a recent meeting, councillors of Carlow Municipal District approved a €1.2m budget for 2023 and an amendment to increase street cleaning by €10,000. This money will be ring-fenced for bank holiday Sundays and as many Mondays as can be covered.

In the draft budget to councillors, acting chief executive Michael Rainey stated that the council must try to maintain frontline and customer services at a high standard despite the challenges of rising inflation, energy prices and expenses, and it must also match allocations for capital funding.

Head of finance Pat Delaney told councillors at their annual budget meeting that the local authority’s aim was to maintain the current level of services.

There was a broad welcome for the budget from councillors in light of challenging circumstances, but concern at rising costs.

Mr Delaney said the council will face increased energy costs of almost €1 million in 2023, but 50% to 60% of this can be recouped from central government. He also said the council’s income was dependent on Local Property Tax (which county councillors had previously voted not to increase), commercial rates, or making a business case to government.

Delaney said there was no funding stream road and footpaths in local estates, although the council had previously allocated €1.9 million for public footpath improvements.

 

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