Limerick City and County Council is to increase its spending by €14.39m on front- facing services for the people of Limerick in 2021.
The budget was passed following a unanimous agreement by all 40 councillors.
A total revenue budget of €857.23m was approved by councillors after a debate in Limerick Racecourse on Friday, November 27th.
€659.24m of the budget is for the HAP Shared Services, which Limerick runs on behalf of the 31 local authorities.
The remaining €197.99m was allocated to day- to- day services for the Limerick citizens.
Budgets for the following key areas in 2021 are:
- Housing Maintenance, Traveller and Estate Management €8.5m
- Rental Accommodation Scheme/ Leasing €12.1m
- Local and Regional, Primary and Secondary Road, Public Lighting, Road Safety and Traffic Management €49.14m
- Limerick Fire & Rescue Service €11.4m
- Street Cleaning, and Illegal Dumping €3.7m
- Grass Cutting/ Trees and Horticulture, Maintenance of Parks €3.7m
- Local Enterprise Office €3.94m
- Library Services €4m
The budget also approved the continuation of the Small and Medium Business Support Scheme; Tourism Sector Support Scheme; Vacant Property Allowance Scheme; Business and Retail Incentive Scheme.
All of the above schemes are in place to support businesses across Limerick.
There is a decrease in the support for festivals and events as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions that are affecting these sectors.
Funding levels are being maintained for key cultural organisations such as the Limerick Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art.
Mayor of Limerick City and County Council, Councillor Michael Collins thanked those involved in the framing of the budget, “It has no doubt been a difficult and challenging number of months, with the economy impacted due to restrictions.”
Dr Pat Daly, Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council said, “This budget is framed against a prolonged health crisis and a potential no-deal Brexit.”
“Despite these issues the economic outlook for Limerick continues to be positive,” he added.