Longford Council almost doubles its spend on local services

Longford County Council has almost doubled it’s spend over the last five years.

That’s according to figures contained in the capital budget presented to the local authority this week and which outlines spending plans over the next two years.

The council intends spending almost €38 million this year with €20 million due to be spent on social housing, €11 million on urban regeneration and economic development, and just over €600,000 on recreation and amenity.

Director of Services John McKeon told members that budgets are always aspirational in some way due to the council’s reliance on funding from central government.

The council official said the local authority had been able to take full advantage of the rural and urban regeneration grants schemes in recent years by increasing property tax to raise funds to get matching loans.