Rents up, rates unchanged in county council’s draft revenue budget for 2013

Donegal county councillors next week will be asked to adopt a €133.2 million revenue budget for 2013 that would leave commercial rates and the standing commercial water charge unchanged.

Donegal county councillors next week will be asked to adopt a €133.2 million revenue budget for 2013 that would leave commercial rates and the standing commercial water charge unchanged.

However, the budget also includes a €2 per week increase in rent for council tenants, an increase of more than €100 per year.

The annual council budget meeting is scheduled for 10am, Wednesday, December 19th, at County House in Lifford.

The draft revenue budget prepared by County Manager Seamus Neely and the council’s directors of service, represents €15.3 million less than the €148.6 million budget councillors adopted for 2012. In his introduction to the draft budget, Mr. Neely said that €8.6 million of the reduction stems from the fact that Higher Education Grants and Donegal Vocational Educational Committee pensions are no longer administered by local authorities. Donegal County Council will be responsible for administering the close-out of pre-2012 applications for Higher Education Grants.

The draft budget councillors will consider would also keep commercial rates unchanged from 2011, and would retain the standing commercial water charge at €150.

See Monday’s Donegal Democrat/Donegal People’s Press for more on the county council’s 2013 draft revenue budget.