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  • Northside East

Council adopts €237 million budget for 2019 

Saturday, 17th November, 2018 1:00pm
Council adopts €237 million budget for 2019 

Fingal County Hall, Swords. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

Council adopts €237 million budget for 2019 

Fingal County Hall, Swords. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

FINGAL County Council has adopted a budget of €237 million for 2019.  

That’s the equivalent of €801 per head of population, to provide services and investment next year to improve the county as a place in which to live, work and invest.

Councillors voted by 33 votes to three for an increased investment of €10 million from last year which will enable the council to manage the ongoing demands of a county that has the fastest growing and youngest population in Ireland. 

The 2019 Budget will also have an impact of €572 million on the local economy, an increase of €61 millon since 2017.

Three key core objectives have been set out in the 2019 Budget. The main priority is to continue investment in the housing and community areas as well as increasing service delivery and continuing to develop the economic and community plan for Fingal which supports job creation, tourism and sustainable communities.

The €237m budget has been broken down as follows:

•  €64m - Housing and Building

• €27m - Road Transport and Safety 

•€20m - Water Services

•€23m - Development Management

 •€45m - Environmental Services

•€45m - Recreation and Amenity

 •€1m - Agriculture, Health, Welfare and Education

•€12m - Miscellaneous Services

Councillors agreed to a two percent commercial rates increase which will see €2.5 million ring-fenced for additional investment in street cleaning, parks maintenance and other operational activities as well as investment in tourism and events, community and arts.

Fingal County Council chief executive Paul Reid said the budget provides for an increased level of investment in the social, economic and cultural fabric of the county. 

“The overall aim of the budget was to maintain and build on the enhanced investment undertaken in the 2018 Budget,” said Mr Reid.

“Meeting the demands for increased levels of service and investment in the fastest growing county in the country remains a significant challenge. 

“The budget will, however, support the council in maintaining and improving on the services that we deliver to all of our key stakeholders.”

In September, councillors agreed to reduce the Local Property Tax by 10 per cent which has allowed €2 million to be set aside for housing and homelessness and local services.

Meanwhile, under its three-year Capital Programme 2019-2021, the council will spend a further €588 million on 212 individual projects across the county.

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