South Dublin County Council to lose €1m funding in rates revaluation – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Local Government Eoin Ó Broin TD has learned that South Dublin County Council will be hit with a funding cut of €1m next year. The cut is the result of the revaluation of rates payable by utility companies. In 2015, the rates bill for utilities in South Dublin was cut by €1.3m. Central government compensated the Council to the tune of €962k but they have confirmed that they will not do so in 2016.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“It is deeply disappointing that South Dublin County Council will not be compensated for its expected losses of €1 million in revenue as a result of the rates revaluation. This significant cut in Government funding for the Council and will negatively impact on services.
“Last week at the Housing, Planning and Local Government Committee, I asked Minister Coveney whether there were any discussions between his Department and the Minister of Finance to repeat the 2016 payment of €16.65m to local authorities in 2017, including the €962k payment to South Dublin.
“Minister Coveney stated that no such discussions were taking place and he didn't anticipate any such conversations.
“Unfortunately, Councils across the state will miss out on millions in revenue because of this decision. The shortfall will be made up through further cut-backs in the provision of Council services.
“The impact on South Dublin will be particularly severe and will hit vital front line services to the county. It is not yet known what services will be hit.
“As Minister with responsibility for Local Government, Minister Coveney should be advocating for the maximum level of funding for Councils in the run up to budget 2017. This means not only advocating for a repeat of the 2016 payment of €16.65m including the €1m to South Dublin but seeking an overall increase in the Local Government Fund so councils like SDCC, can deliver the full range of services that the local community requires.”