THE elected members of Cork County Council have passed a budget totalling in excess of €326 million for 2018.
The budget retains a number of important initiatives, including the town development fund, village enhancement fund, the arts programme, planned housing maintenance and entrance & presentation of towns. An extra €217,000 has been provided for a survey of Council housing stock which will inform future planned maintenance programmes.
Speaking of the budget, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley highlighted the importance of delivering a budget which would continue to deliver on the success of a number of these projects for the people of Cork, “Everything we do as a Council is about achieving the very best value in expenditure while creating real differences for the people who live and work in Cork.”
Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey said that the Council has identified housing as a key priority again for 2018. There will be an increased spend on homeless services, the boiler maintenance programme and the housing repairs programme. Public lighting will receive over €400,000 with continuation of €1m provided in the capital programme for the footpaths programme.
“As a Council, we continue to deliver significant efficiencies and maintain consistently high levels of service. We also continue to seek efficiencies in the delivery of services while ensuring success for Cork County Council as an organisation, all the while operating in a challenging climate.”
Additional budgetary resources have also been allocated for a dredging programme, Creative Ireland, beaches programme, and the economic development fund which now stands at €1.3m.