Kerry County Council adopts budget of over €158 million for 2020

Kerry County Council has adopted a budget of over €158 million for next year.
That’s an increase of more than €14 million or 10% on last year.
Councillors were told that balancing this budget was challenging, given the increased service demands and budgetary requirements across the council.
Chief Executive of Kerry County Council Moira Murrell told councillors the 2020 budget reflects the increased level of activity for next year.
She said additional income from the Local Property Tax will alleviate funding pressures relating to the own resource element of the greenway grant funding, and it will also provide for five Municipal District Enforcement Officers.
Commercial rates of over €42.98 million will significantly contribute to Kerry County Council’s income, accounting for 27% overall.
Over €15.19 million will be accounted for in Local Property Tax, rents and loans will account for more than €13.19 million and parking charges and fines will bring in over €3.16 million.
The council is expecting to take in over €2.55 million for transfer station and refuse charges, €12.56 million in income will come from Irish Water and over €49 million in State grants.
Payroll costs continue to account for a significant amount of expenditure at over €71.4 million, which is 45.11% of overall expenditure.
Of the €158.28 million budget, over €41 million will be spent on road transport and safety, €33.3 million will go towards housing and building, €19 million will go towards environmental services and over €17.95 million will go towards development management.
Councillors voted in favour of adopting Budget 2020; 26 voted for, one against and six were absent.