Mayo County Council finances, like many other local authorities are at a crisis point, according to a Mayo Fine Gael Senator.
Castlebar based Senator Paddy Burke is calling on the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to address the future funding of county councils and insists that a national debate on their funding is needed now.
The County Councils need matching funds for various projects proposed by the government and government-funded projects, however, their options for raising additional funds is very limited.
The matching funds generally amount to about 20%.
The authorities will also have to meet 20 % of the proposed new pay agreement for council staff.
Energy costs are also rising rapidly
Senator Burke says Mayo County Council must now find between 3 and 5 million euro to cover the proposed energy costs and the cost of the proposed pay deal, simply to stand still.
The Local Property Tax is not the revenue raiser it had been, he claims, as in many cases, because of the recent raising of the bands, the amount of money collected through that tax has gone down.
The Senator told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that with diminishing revenue many local authorities, including Mayo County Council, is in financial difficulty…