Having successfully delivered balanced budgets for the last number of years despite a major reduction in funding, Budget 2017 provides for an additional €5 million in expenditure totalling €171.7m, compared to €166.6m in 2016. It also allows for increased service levels across a range of departments and services.
More specifically, the budget includes
- The reduction of the maximum 15% allowable to the basic rate of Local Property Tax in 2017
- 72% of businesses (3,800 SMEs) will benefit from a new SME Support Grant which will see a benefit equivalent to a 2.5% reduction in rates
- Full introduction of Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) for 2017 has seen allocated provision of €283,000 for staffing and financial cost
- A provision of €180,000 for delivery of programme of works on older housing units to facilitate downsizing initiatives piloted by dlr
- Increase of €230,000 for Part V, which will result in increased numbers of social housing units being acquired as part of Part V agreements on private residential developments
- An increased provision of €200,000 for gully improvements
- A provision of €500,000 has been allocated for a fleet replacement programme. The Council fleet of 230 vehicles has 34% over 11 years old and 75% between 6 and 10 years old. A phased fleet replacement programme will ultimately reduce maintenance costs and increase efficiency. Electrical vehicles will also be included as part of this programme
- €300k provision has been made for Business Promotion Grants, Shop front improvement grants, Vacant shop grants, retail development & Springboard
The Council prides itself on the quality of its public realm and the cultural and recreational facilities we provide for our residents, businesses and visitors. Tourism will be a key focus in 2017 with the development of a dlr Tourism and Marketing Strategy. The increasing role of the Council to support local economic development as well as to play an active role in collaborative actions to promote the Dublin Region economy is reflected in the 2017 Budget.
An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Cormac Devlin, welcomed the 2017 Budget being agreed by the Council and stated
“This Budget has a number of pro-business initiatives. I am particularly pleased that over 3,800 SMEs will ultimately see a reduction in their rates, along with initiatives to increase footfall, funding assistance to update commercial premises for re-letting and tourism promotion. The adoption of the Budget reflects the Council's commitment to shaping and promoting a smart vibrant county which is attractive, inclusive and accessible to all."