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Local councillors to decide on 60 million euro budget next week

Nov 19, 2021 13:11 By Shannonside News
Local councillors to decide on 60 million euro budget next week Local councillors to decide on 60 million euro budget next week
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The proposed budget will be discussed in detail at a meeting on Monday.

Longford County Councillors are to be asked to approve a 2022 budget of over 60 million euro at a special meeting next week.

The local authority has estimated it will need to spend €61,186,000 across the year, an increase of 6 per cent on last year's figure.

Longford County Council forecast that they will make over 52 million euro next year in property tax, government grants and other income, leaving a shortfall of almost 9 million euro to be made up with commercial rates.

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According to the proposed document, the local authority says it has been increasingly difficult to resist increasing commercial rates over the last number of years, but it has been possible to balance the upcoming budget without doing so.

Roads and infrastructure make up the highest slice of the proposed budget, with over 20 million euro put aside for works and projects in 2022, a figure slightly above last year's allocation.

Development managing including areas such as local enterprise, planning and regeneration, recreation and community action has seen a proposed increase of 12 per cent on last year's figure, with over 11 and a half million euro ringfenced for the section.

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Longford County Council's Housing department will see a 2022 budget of almost 10 million euro, just 6 per cent of an increase on the 2021 budget, with over 2 million euro of that allocated to housing maintenance.

Funding is also included in the upcoming budget for the acquisition of at least 94 housing units throughout the county.

Councillors will be asked to approve a Water and environmental services budget of 5.8 and 3.9 million euro respectively for next year.

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While its planned to put 4.8, 3.9 and €484,000 into Recreation and Amenity, Miscellaneous services and Agriculture, education and health and welfare.

Longford County Councillors will vote on the 2022 Budget at a special meeting on Monday morning.

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