Council spending down €7m
SLIGO County Council will spend almost €7 million less next year than it did in 2012. According to its budget, the Council will spend €56m in 2013, down from nearly €63m.
The reduction incorporates €2.2m less for VEC pensions that are no longer part of the budget along with €700,000 on Higher Education grants.
Some €2m has been taken from discretionary expenditure while payroll savings amount to €800,000.
A reduction in loan charges for certain non-mortgage loans to interest only saved a further €935,000.
There will be no rise in commercial rates next year or water charges.
However, the waste water levy will rise by seven cents to €1.23 per cubic metre.
Director of Services Tom Kilfeather the average charge would work out at €380 for the year, a rise of €20.