Council budget increases to €72m for 2023

The Roscommon County Council budget for 2023, which was adopted by members at a meeting of the local authority on Thursday last, sees an increase of €5.4 million from last year, rising from €66.6 million to €72 million.

The 2023 budget comprises of Local Property Tax of €10.75 million, down €69,000 on the previous year, and rates income of €11.5 million.

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Tom Crosby said the budget increase was due to a rise in goods and services income.

Cllr. Crosby also highlighted the Council’s three-year Capital Programme of €294 million including funding of €187 million for the N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue project, €31 million for social housing, €2.1 million for a new Civil Defence building as well as funding for the refurbishment of the Royal Hotel in Boyle and the construction of the Castlerea Food Hub and Monksland Remote Working Hub.

Addressing last week’s meeting, Acting Chief Executive Shane Tiernan, said the executive was pleased to present a balanced budget thanks to members’ foresight and support in maintaining the Local Property Tax at a rate of 15 per cent.

Mr. Tiernan said the budget underpins the Council’s ongoing role in the provision of essential services and investment in key areas while “bringing a sharp focus on climate action”.

He said that while the impact of Covid-19 had lessened in 2022, the war in Ukraine had created new and unexpected challenges.

“Roscommon played its part by establishing a refugee centre in Donamon thanks to the kind support of the Divine Word Missionaries. The Council also promptly reconvened the Community Forum, which had been active during Covid-19,” he said.

“There are 618 Ukrainian refugees or thereabouts located in Roscommon and Roscommon County Council in collaboration with the forum will continue to work with them through the provision of accommodation, education and medical supplies”.

Mr. Tiernan said that further difficult news was received in March of this year when the N5 bypass project was stalled due to main contractor Roadbridge entering into receivership.

He said that new tenders had been issued, however, and it was hoped the project could recommence in the third quarter of 2023.