Coun­cil passes a €137 mil­lion bud­get for 2018

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

KERRY County Coun­cil’s 2018 bud­get was passed at Mon­day’s meet­ing of coun­cil­lors (27 for and five against) paving the way for over €137 mil­lion in pub­lic spend­ing, projects and in­vest­ments. The bud­get marks a €10 mil­lion in­crease on 2017 with Com­mer­cial Rates (30 per­cent) ex­pected to gen­er­ate the bulk of rev­enue.

Ir­ish Wa­ter In­come is up from €11.99 mil­lion in 2017 to €12.07 for 2018; es­ti­mated Lo­cal Prop­erty Tax in­come is also up to €14.48m from 2017’s fig­ure of €13.78m. While in­come of €12 mil­lion from rents and loans is an­tic­i­pated for 2018.

Coun­cil pay­roll costs, in­clud­ing pen­sions, travel and sub­sis­tence is up by just un­der €2mil­lion to €65.84m on 2017. This fig­ure rep­re­sents just un­der half of all spend­ing for the coun­cil’s bud­get for in 2018.

Kerry County Coun­cil’s op­er­a­tional costs are also up to €46.14m rep­re­sent­ing an in­crease of just over €5m on 2017’s fig­ure of €41.1m. Due to a 10 per­cent in­crease in road grants, the coun­cil is in a po­si­tion to hire more out­door staff in 2018, while a fig­ure of €35 mil­lion in State aid grants is pro­vided.

Lastly, €100 mil­lion is ear­marked for cap­i­tal pro­grammes works.

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