Cllr Shane O’Brien calls Dún Laoghaire Rathdown budget 2016 into question as rate re-valuations to benefit big business in DLR next year
According to the Local Government Act 2001 elected members have a statutory responsibility to ensure a balanced budget is adopted.
However Sinn Féin Cllr Shane O’Brien has claimed that elected members were not supplied with vitally important information regarding revised rate valuations.
“Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Finance Department have confirmed to me that notification of amended valuation certificates for the utility companies was received by staff in the rates section as the budget meeting was in progress that evening. It seems incredible that this important information was not made available as it will impact on many businesses and services across the County”.
“I fear that the loss of rate income could potentially impact on the delivery of local council services. A reduction of circa €1 million in rates income is now possible, impacting on a previously balanced budget.
The loss equates to the entire community grant scheme budget for 2016. Clearly this government prioritises big multinationals over struggling indigenous, small and medium enterprises. With some utility companies enjoying a rate decrease of up to 40%”.
DLR finance department has confirmed that councillors will be advised on this matter at the December council meeting.
I have called on the chief executive of DLRCOCO to confirm the validity or otherwise of the adopted budget and in the interim inform the effects this revaluation will have on rate payers across the county”.