Offaly County Council budget slashed by over €500,000 by Department of the Environment

OFFALY County Council has had its budget slashed for a second time after failing to achieve the necessary level of collection of the Household Charge.

OFFALY County Council has had its budget slashed for a second time after failing to achieve the necessary level of collection of the Household Charge.

Over €120,000 has been withheld by the Department of the Environment on this occasion from the local authority in a second round of cuts as the mandated level of collection of over 65% of the charge has not been reached in the county.

According to figures in today’s Irish Independet, funding for Offaly County Council is down €508,432 this year in total. This equates to a drop of 4.2% which will put more pressure on the provision of services.

Figures show that Offaly was the second hardest hit of all local authorities with only Donegal suffering a larger reduction in percentage terms. Donegal has had a total of €1.1 million (4.3%) reduced from its budget as only 55% of people have paid the charge.

Other councils badly hit include Laois, Louth, Meath, Cork County and South Dublin.

However if the collection figure for the Household Charge increases before the end of 2012, some funding could still be returned.