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Covid pandemic cost Longford council €11 million last year

Sep 14, 2021 13:09 By Shannonside News
Covid pandemic cost Longford council €11 million last year Covid pandemic cost Longford council €11 million last year
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The Covid pandemic has been a costly times for government both locally and nationally

The Covid pandemic cost Longford County Council a total of €11m last year.

Over €1.72 million in income was lost to the Council due to various Covid pandemic related measures according to figures presented to the September meeting of the local authority.

The massive impact the pandemic had on Longford County Council's finances were laid bare during a presentation by Head of Finance John McKeon to councillors this month.

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943 ratepayers across the county availed of the rates waiver worth over three million euro.

Over six hundred firms receiving much needed cash injections of €1.97m and the restart grant plus being used by 672 businesses to a value of €4.23m.

Additional Covid costs also affected the local authority to the tune of over €630k.

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The Council's lost income from parking charges was worth €403k, planning permission fees were down €155k, fire charges were down €46k and tourism promotion income was down €56k.

Overall extra supports to businesses cost the Council an estimated €9.26 million but despite the additional pressure, the Council returned a small surplus of €5,000 from its income and expenditure accounts.

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