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Sinn Féin Councillors welcome passing of progressive South Dublin County Council Budget for 2017

4 November, 2016 - by Cathal King

South Dublin County Council’s Budget for 2017 was passed by Councillors today by a large majority of 29 votes to 6. The Alliance grouping on the Council, led by Sinn Fein, voted to support the Budget.

Welcoming the passing of today’s budget, Sinn Féin group leader Cathal King said: 

"The council functions are primarily funded through rates and the local property tax, which councillors voted to reduce by the maximum 15% possible recently.
Reducing the local property tax made a saving for local families and to deliver a first class budget. 

"We have a serious housing crisis in this county and need to build more social housing, but are constrained by the Government programme.

"With in these constraint s we have done the best we could with an increased provision for emergency accommodation, an extra €1m to clear the backlog of disabled person grants and €1m for the Windows and Doors Programme, among others.

"The budget shows an overall increase in funds being made available with annual allocations in specific areas including some highlights:

Homeless Budget increased and now stands at €2.6m

€1 Million provided for the back log of Disabled Persons Extensions and improvement works

€1 million will be allocated to the Windows and doors maintenance programme

The provision of school meals for 23 schools

Councillors will forego expenses to provide for a participatory budgeting scheme for the Travelling community and a security project for homes for elderly people

€500,000 will be allocated to the Play Space programme

€300,000 for estate roads

€250,000 has been provided to fund a third tree pruning crew

An additional provision of €100,000 for traffic calming measures

A new provision of €150,000 has been made for traffic signal renewal and replacement

Maintaining a reduction of 15% in the Local Property Tax

“In addition increased spending will be provided across a number of areas including villages enhancement works, boiler replacement, electrical repairs, sports pitches, replacement of public lighting columns, tourism promotion, signage, provision of playgrounds and the library book fund.

“Sinn Féin Councillors welcome this budget and will continue to work to deliver this fair budget to the constituents of South Dublin.”  

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