Galway Bay fm newsroom – The 2017 Galway County Council Draft Budget will be come before the members for approval this Thursday.
The total cost of running the County Council next year is put at €105m.
The money available to Galway County Council has dropped off substantially in recent years and efforts to keep the budget balanced have already caused controversy.
Galway County Council was spending €160m. in 2009. Next year, the funds will be down to €105m.
The cuts have come hard and fast over the years and the Council staff numbers have been wound down by 33%.
With no sign of an improvement next year’s budget is effectively the same as this year’s.
Intake from rates was down by €1.8m. last year. An increase in rates was not seen as feasible across the county this year as Ballinasloe was historically lower and is being brought gradually up to the County rates level.
The Council was facing a deficit of €3m. for next year with stiffer cutback looming but the 10% increase in property tax – while highly controversial – is set to bring in €1.45m. That and other saving…such as cutbacks in travelling expenses for staff and further cuts in library services…brings the budget nearer to a balance point.
The Councillors must now decide.