20 December 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

An unexpected increase of 0.5% in their Local Government Fund allocation for 2013 eased the process of adopting an Annual Budget for the members of Monaghan Co Council yesterday afternoon.
The windfall news meant that Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan, more frequently the object of the elected members’ ire in the course of the year, came in for something of a paean of praise from Co Mayor Hugh McElvaney when he opened proceedings.
“The Dept of the Environment has been very generous to Monaghan Co Council on this occasion,” Mayor McElvaney stated.
The Council brought in a Budget which makes no provision for any increase in the rates demand on commercial properties, with the rate on valuation remaining at €56.20.
Acting Co Manager David Fallon also told the members that there was no intention by the Council to increase water charges in 2013.
Members have been enabled to set aside a sum of €400,000 for development purposes and it is expected that meetings of the Council’s Corporate Policy Group will take place in the early months of the New Year to determine how it will be utilised.
A significant feature of yesterday’s deliberations was the adoption of a proposal from Sinn Fein’s Brian McKenna which will mean a change in the manner in which the allocation provided for funding councillors’ attendance at conferences will be disbursed.
A vote of 11-7 was cast in favour of dividing the €94,000 set aside for this purpose equally among the elected membership, meaning that each councillor will receive €4,700 for conference attendance during the year.
This differs from what Colr McKenna described as …

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