Rates drop by 3% for Bundoran

A 3% reduction in the town rates was confirmed today at the annual Budgetary meeting of Bundoran Town Council by the Town Manager.

A 3% reduction in the town rates was confirmed today at the annual Budgetary meeting of Bundoran Town Council by the Town Manager.

In presenting his budget, Garry Martin said that the main influencing factor was the current ongoing difficult economic climate.

He said, “This budget strongly focuses the need to achieve saving, value for money and improve efficiencies while still continuing to maintain and improve the existing services.

“I am also very conscious of the need to support the competitiveness of the business sector in Bundoran and to protect employment in the context of reduced economic activity.”

The proposed budget was unanimously approved by all members with the exception of Cllr. Florence O’Doherty who said, “€2.3 million is being squandered - there is nothing being allocated to job creation. There is no incentive for the youth to remain at home.

“I know it generates jobs in tourism but these are not high end jobs.

“This budget is exporting our brains.”

Chairman Michael McMahon told Cllr. O’Doherty “You did not turn up to the pre - budget meeting. You only come when the press is here. I have never seen anybody who talks so much and contributes so little.”

See Tuesday’s Donegal Democrat for a full report.