Tralee Town Council agrees budget for 2004.

Tralee Town Council has narrowly avoided dissolution after agreeing a budget for the coming year. A number of cuts were made across a range of programmes in order to find enough money to sustain a refuse service for the rest of the year. A number of changes will be made to the collection, including the introduction of a tag system.The series of proposals put forward by Cllr Ted Fitzgerald are all based on an extra 800 customers opting for the council bin collection. This was councilor`s fifth attempt to adopt a budget and a failure to do so would have resulted in their dissolution. The new system is based on a number of assumptions on the likely customer base and the tonnage being presented for collection. Members were warned if these do not materialise the whole system will be in jeopardy and members of the council will be back to square one. Tralee`s refuse service will now cost 340 euro compared to 270 being offered by private operators. Under the plan there will be no redundancies however, there will be some changes in work practices for bin men and only one crew will undertake the collection. The remaining staff will have to be redeployed. Unions are to examine the proposal in detail in the coming weeks. It was passed by 10 votes to two. In adopting the budget last night councilors also accepted a rate increase of almost 8 percent bringing the rate to 71 euro 93.