dlr County Council adopts Annual Budget for 2023 of €236.5 million
* Council adopts balanced budget at meeting on 8 November
* No increase in recycling & waste charges, cemetery fees or pay parking
Elected Members for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council voted to adopt the Annual Budget 2023 which provides for over €236.5 million in expenditure on service provision. The annual revenue Budget provides funding for a very broad range of services from road, cycle lane and foot path maintenance, energy efficient streetlighting, enhancing our parklands, sports and community facilities, developing biodiversity and heritage initiatives as well as providing grants for local businesses. The budget also provides for the maintenance and repair of the Council’s assets including its houses, corporate buildings, parks and Dún Laoghaire Harbour.
Speaking of the adoption of the Budget, Frank Curran, Chief Executive, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said
Here at dlr, we are committed to providing the very best possible service delivery, to ensure that our county continues through 2023 to be attractive, inclusive and accessible for all. I am happy that we could provide a budget to maintain most services at a high level despite a challenging economic climate."
Despite the budgetary challenges created by the war in Ukraine the new adopted budget provides for the continuation of all services in 2023. There are no increases proposed to parking charges, cemetery charges or fees at the recycling centres. While there is an increase in commercial rates the impact will be offset for many businesses as a result of a corresponding widening of the bands of the Ratepayers Support Grant. Social housing tenants with a second income in the household will see an increase of €2 euro per week on their rent. This additional income will be used to pay for energy efficiency works on Council owned properties, such as window and door replacement, insulation and heating system upgrades.
Expansion of services
There will also be an increase in several budget areas that are subject to high demand including housing maintenance, footpath repairs, road patching programme, weed control, gully repairs and parks. The demand for enhanced public realm and outdoor amenities has grown sharply since the onset of Covid and increased provision has also been made to maintain these areas, which has the dual benefit of responding to the demand of residents but also supports business through increased footfall in the towns and villages across the county. Other areas which saw an increase were LEO grants, disability summer camps, dlr Events, tourism, WI-FI and digital initiatives.
dlr provides over 700 different services to the residents, businesses and visitors in our county. In preparing the dlr Annual Budget, the Council is obliged to adopt a balanced budget. We must consider, hand in hand with our statutory obligations, our delivery of the Councils corporate objectives and balance the varied needs of everyone in our area. This is an in-depth process, involving many months of consideration due to the amount of service areas that the Council are involved in.
For reference to the figures debated by Councillors at the Budget meeting please see the draft Annual Budget 2023 here. This will be superseded shortly by a finalised Adopted Budget Book 2023.