€7.6 million spent by Tullamore Town Council

TULLAMORE Town Council spent over €7.6 million on the provision of services and programmes in 2011, according to the latest figures.

TULLAMORE Town Council spent over €7.6 million on the provision of services and programmes in 2011, according to the latest figures.

Declan Kirrane, Town Manager, outlined the figures at the March meeting of Tullamore Town Council last week and explained that he was obliged to bring the 2011 Annual Financial Statement to the councillors for their consideration.

Looking at breakdown of the council’s income sources, Mr. Kirrane outlined the Town Council’s income from several sources including the collection of rates and the Local Government Fund. The breakdown shows that 13% of income came from the Local Government Fund with a further 56% of its income came from the collection of rates.

The Town Engineer pointed out that there was a shortfall in the expected income from the collection of rates, which had been mooted at €4.4 million. However, Mr. Kirrane confirmed that only €3.1 million was collected in 2011. According to the Council official, overall the Council has been left with a slight deficit of €380,000 going forward. “I am happy that the finances were well managed again and expenditure is clearly managed at all times.”

Meanwhile, Cllr. Sinead Dooley, an Chathaoirleach of Tullamore Town Council, thanked the Town Manger for the “prudent management” over the last number of years. “It is not easy,” she added.

Cllr. Tony McCormack said the Manager and his staff had done a “fanastic job” and commended him on the work done. He also thanked the rate payers for their contribution they continued to make to the town.