Spread coun­cil spend­ing fairly

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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