SDCC budget good for communities & for jobs – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has described the South Dublin County Council budget for 2014 as “good for communities and good for jobs”. The budget was agreed by the County Council last Thursday with a near unanimous vote.
Cllr Ó Broin said:
“The budget passed by South Dublin County Council last Thursday is good for communities and good for jobs. It provides for an additional €6million investment in community services and economic initiatives.
“Despite the fact that central Government refused to pass on the local property tax raised in South Dublin to the Council our budget for next year will allow the Council to do more.
“Additional money will be invested in playgrounds, maintenance of key public spaces and developing the villages of Clondalkin, Lucan, Tallaght and Rathfarnam.
“The Council will also continue to spend up to €1million in the window replacement programme.
“In addition Sinn Féin & Labour Councillors will invest a portion of their Council expenses into funding disability extension grants.
“Unlike many other local authorities across the country, Council tenants in South Dublin will not be charged the property tax.
“The Council also plans to increase investment in assisting small and medium sized businesses and attracting further investment into the County.
“At a time of savage cutbacks from central government in other areas the Sinn Féin and Labour controlling group on South Dublin County Council has managed to work with Council management to produce a budget that is fair and that will increase investment in community services and economic regeneration.
“While 2014 will be a very challenging time for many people and for the Council, the budget agreed last Thursday will see real improvements in Council services.”