Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Roscommon County Council’s Budget for 2020 includes no increase in rates and has been described as balanced, fair, and transparent by the head of the council. The total fund is €61.2m for the coming year.

However, a number of risks to the county’s finances were also identified at the council’s budget meeting on Monday morning. These include the impact of rates valuation tribunal appeals and the end of the service level agreement with Irish Water in 2022.

County Council Chief Executive Eugene Cummins said the budget incorporated as far as possible the desires of the councillors, and he hoped it would build on the planned vision for the county and the buy-in from the community.

Mr Cummins stressed that people in towns would have to change and not hold on to “nostalgic sentiment”.

“They need to have an open mind to change, to keep our county competitive and grow our towns,” he said. He added that there would be a programme of acquisition of sites for properties in towns over the coming year.

Director of services Martin Lydon said that the council was ahead or expected to be ahead, of its housing unit targets for Rebuilding Ireland. There had also been an increase in funding for homelessness.

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