Councillors agree on budget for coming year

Councillors have adopted a five per cent increase in rates and a new system of bin charges for the coming year. The budget as set out by the officials was adopted by the members this afternoon and the rate was agreed by thirteen votes to 9. 6 councillors were not present for the vote. This budget will see expenditure of 108 million euro in the county over the coming year in 8 separate programme groups. A commercial rate of 70.07 euro has been agreed representing a five per cent increase.Last minute attempts to introduce changes to the bin charges and to the system of collecting dry recyclables once a fortnight failed to get through after The Manager pointed out that Kerry is one of the only rural authorities still maintaining a service. This year there will be a deficit of 720,000 and Martin Riordan says efforts will have to continue to reach a break even situation. However members did manage to get concessions on the fixed charge of 200 euro, it will now be possible to pay this in instalments. The strategic policy committee will look at a number of issues around recycling and how the system impacts on commercial customers.