Council approves investment of €193 million in the delivery of services for the county in 2020
Elected Members for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council voted to adopt Budget 2020 which provides for €193 million in expenditure on service provision, an increase of almost €10 million on 2019.
The budget provision focuses on the maintenance and enhancement of existing service delivery levels with provisions for housing maintenance and adaptation grants, €3.85 million for homeless services and makes further provision for business and economic supports designed to foster economic development, attain best practice in climate action policies, enhance the public realm and develop our communities.
The Councils funding base provides for income from 2 main sources, Local Property Tax and commercial rates. The challenge of the full 15% reduction in Local Property Tax being applied within its administrative area and the significant revenue provision required for ongoing maintenance of the recently transferred Dun Laoghaire Harbour from the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport has placed a significant burden on the Council’s finances.
Economic conditions continue to remain strong in 2019 and is expected to remain robust for 2020. Over the last decade the county has seen a reduction in commercial rates of 5.5% alongside a corresponding 5.5% increase in the Consumer Price Index over the same period. The Council must run a balanced budget and as part of a number of measures to ensure the delivery of services, Budget 2020 provides for a commercial rate increase of 3.5%. A full range of business supports have been retained for 2020 including the business support grant where 85% of ratepayers can benefit and thus reduce their rates liability.
Speaking of the adoption of the Budget 2020, An Cathaoirleach Cllr Shay Brennan commented "This Budget will enable the Council to drive initiatives that will be of significant benefit to the people of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. I am pleased that the Council has adopted an increased expenditure budget for 2020 to secure service delivery levels in some areas and expand on them in others. The provision of a rate increase, while a challenge for businesses, is necessary to balance the budget and will be countered by grants schemes, Village Renewal projects, footfall initiatives and public realm schemes. The Council takes it's responsibilities as a leader in climate action very seriously and I am delighted to see a number of initiatives in this area, especially the appointment of a dedicated Climate Action Officer. The adoption of this Budget for 2020 signals the Councils continuing commitment to providing an innovative, high quality, accessible public service to all."
The Council is committing specific budgetary provision across a range of service delivery areas to ensure that our county continues to be attractive, inclusive and accessible to all
To see the draft Annual Budget, click here.
Specific budgetary provisions are:
- Business Support Grant €850,200
- Grant funding for Business promotion €100,000
- Vacant and derelict properties grant €100,000
- Lean Programme & Lift Ireland €105,000
- Shopfront Improvement Scheme €50,000
Infrastructure and Climate Change
- Climate Change Action Plan €169,000
- Community Clean Up Scheme €60,000
- Bring Centre Operations €508,900
- Environmental Enforcement €384,100
- Roads Patching Programme €577,600
- LED Lantern Upgrades €752,000
- Bathing App detailing water quality €35,000
- Cycling Initiatives and Promotion €27,000
- Village Renewal Fund €200,000
- Sports Development €100,000
- Disability Sports Inclusion Programme €50,200
- Private Rented inspections €512,000
- Homeless Services - €3.85 million (increase of 500,000)
- Maintenance of housing stock €8.3m
- Housing adaptation grants increase by 20% to €1.3m
Dún Laoghaire Harbour
- Ferry Terminal €150,000
- County Development Plan €110,000
Water and Drainage
- EU Life Project (Improving water quality streams) €80,000
- Community Grants and Supports €183,000
- Migrant Integration Strategy €10,000