Donegal County Councillors meet to discuss annual budget in Lifford

Income from commercial rates will account for more than €30.5m of income

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Councillors discuss annual budget

Donegal County Council is sitting this morning to discuss the council’s draft budget for 2017.
The budget meeting is to get underway at 10am at County House in Lifford.
Councillors will be presented with an estimated revenue budget of just over €135m for next year, an increase of €2.23m on this year’s spending.
Income from commercial rates will account for more than €30.5m of income.
The council says 70 per cent of all commercial business will see a marginal reduction in rates for next year. The overall expenditure of the council has increased to an estimated €135m due to factors which include an increase in payroll of €1.5m, a reduction in income from the Non Principal Private Residence charge of €1.3m, a reduction of higher education grants and fees of €452,000 and a reduction in loan payments of €531,000.
The council's income for next year will see over income from sources which include over €16m for Irish Water, €25m from the Local Government Fund and Local Property Tax, and over €11.6m from housing rents.
The council also estimates it will bring in €1m from the targeting of unpaid Non Principal Private Residence charges.
Estimated expenditure will see €17m spent by housing and building, almost €40m spent by road transport and safety, €18m spent by water services; €11.4m spent by development management; €13.1m by environmental services; €8.8m by recreation and amenity; €2.5m by agriculture, education, and health and welfare; and €23.7 categorised as miscellaneous services.