Bet­ter chance of ‘meet­ing Santa’ than be­ing told ex­act debt lev­els

Bray People - - News -

‘YOU HAVE a bet­ter chance of meet­ing Santa’ was the re­sponse Cllr. Nicky Kelly of­fer his col­league Cllr. Christo­pher Fox when he re­quested ex­act de­tails of Wick­low County Coun­cil debt lev­els.

The in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor sought the in­for­ma­tion fol­low­ing a re­quest by coun­cil man­age­ment for mem­bers to ap­prove a €20,000,000 over­draft to cover the com­ing year.

Se­nior of­fi­cial Michael Ni­chol­son in­formed mem­bers that an over­draft of € 22,000,000 was ap­proved this year but to carry it through to 2009 mem­bers must pass a mo­tion.

A to­tal of €2,000,000 was ring-fenced at that time to cover Dis­abled Per­sons Grants, and al­though the grants have been hon­oured by the coun­cil, the over­draft has not come through.

‘I have been read­ing about how lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are funded and this must come to a head. Can the in­for­ma­tion be pro­vided at the De­cem­ber 22 meet­ing?’ asked Cllr. Fox.

Cllr Christo­pher Fox.

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