Town Council’s final budget as merger looms

Tuesday, December 17th proved a historic occasion as Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s final Budget was debated and passed at Town Hall.

Introducing the Draft Budget, Director of Services Pat Slattery stated: “This is the final Draft Budget to be presented to the members of Carrick on Suir Town Council and it allows for the cost of services to the town for the full calendar year 2014, although those services will be delivered by Tipperary County Council following the local elections in June.”

The merger of the two County Councils in Tipperary and the abolition of the Town Council will take effect from the 2014 establishment day which will be prescribed under the forthcoming Local Government Act.            

Mr Slattery said the Draft Budget had been prepared against a background of fundamental reform in the Local Authority sector, including: the merger of the two County Councils, the abolition of Town and Borough Councils, the establishment of Irish Water, the implementation of a revised funding model for Local Authorities, the development of shared services across the Local Authority sector and the Haddington Road Agreement.

He concluded his opening address by saying the Local Government sector has and continues to make a significant contribution to the National Economic Recovery Programme.

Mayor Kieran Bourke proposed the adoption of the Draft Budget as presented and it was seconded by Cllr Sylvia Cooney Sheehan.

Just one Councillor from nine voted against the budget – Martin Henzey, representing the Workers and Unemployed Action Group spoiled the party by voting against.

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