Spread council spending fairly
THE benefits of additional spending in the council’s budget for the year ahead needs to be felt across the whole county ‘from Balbriggan to Blanchardstown’ with a fair geographical spread of council resources.
That is the view of Cllr Justin Sinnott (NP) who voted in favour of the budget but urged the council to ‘ensure that the investment is spread right across Fingal from Balbriggan to Blanchardstown’.
Cllr Sinnott welcomed the way the council budget was presented and details on what it means to the individual Fingal citizen.
He explained: ‘One of the issues I have pursued is that we show how money is spent per head of population in Fingal so this year we can show that for every person living in Fingal the spend per person is €767.
‘It is important that people can see how our budgetary process works and how it affects them.’
However, Cllr Sinnott warned there was pressures on that figure, explaining: ‘The budget for 2007 was €230M when the population of Fingal was 239,992. In 2018 the budget will be €227M but for a population of 296,214. So you can see quite clearly the obvious pressures on resources.’
Ultimately, the independent councillor voted for the budget, saying: ‘Overall, I feel it is a very positive budget with significant additional investment on housing and homelessness as well as economic development. In that regard the balance struck has been right.’
Cllf Justin Sinnott.