€102m fund for coun­cil spend in ’19

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

THE MEM­BERS of Wick­low County Coun­cil unan­i­mously adopted the draft bud­get for 2019 with just one amend­ment.

The lo­cal author­ity will have €102,670,000 to spend in 2019 and the only change to the draft doc­u­ment was to in­crease dis­cre­tionary fund­ing to €2mil­lion from €1.935 mil­lion. The bal­ance was taken from park­ing and it was agreed the fig­ure to be spent on con­tracts would be low­ered next year.

The 2019 bud­get com­prises Divi­sonal In­come of €62.9 mil­lion, Lo­cal Prop­erty Tax of €12 mil­lion and rates of €27.9 mil­lion.

Cllr Pat Fitzger­ald, pic­tured right, pro­posed the adop­tion and all mem­bers agreed.

‘I think it is a very bal­anced bud­get and there was only one amend­ment made by the mem­bers on Mon­day,’ he said.

The bud­get also al­lo­cated €250,000 to fab­ric up­grades to coun­cil hous­ing stock and €150,000 for cen­tral heat­ing and boiler ser­vic­ing.

Home­less fund­ing of €130,000 was ap­proved and €50,000 was ap­proved for pub­lic swim­ming pools in Ark­low and Wick­low, to be di­vided equally.

It was out­lined that 222 so­cial hous­ing units will be com­menc­ing in 2019, to be de­liv­ered through eight schemes, as well as 51 units to be de­liv­ered through Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship Schemes.

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