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Listowel Municipal District councillors have agreed to adopt their budget for the year ahead.

The Square, Listowel

Members expressed their anger at being the first MD in the county to have to agree to spending for 2017, without knowing what other areas have been allocated.

€133,000 is being allocated to Listowel MD for its Development Fund for 2017, €3,000 more than last year.

€50,000 is for match funding for Rural and Village Development – which council management say could yield €200,000 for the area in central government funding.

The Councillor Specific MD Operations Fund is staying the same at €203,000 – €29,000 per councillor.

The Total General Municipal Allocation for Listowel is €336,000, and with the €200,000 in potential central government funding, that represents an Overall Investment to Listowel MD of €536,000.

Councillors Mike Kennelly and Jimmy Moloney raised concerns about agreeing to the amounts in the budget without knowing where the Community Support Fund will be allocated.

Management however said that it was impossible to say yet, as applications haven’t yet been received from community groups, but said councillors will be kept informed of the whole process.

Listowel’s lighting for Christmas and the races was raised, and concern as to whether the council would be able to cover the cost.

Head of Finance with KCC Angela McAllen said the council would be looking at procurement for lighting for several towns in the county in 2017 in order to ensure value for money.

Listowel MD Manager Joan McCarthy said the council would cover the cost of the lights in Listowel for the year ahead, saying a commitment was given and that will be honoured.

On a vote, five of the seven councillors agreed to accept the budget, with councillors Moloney and Kennelly voting against.