Thurles Town Council adopted the annual Estimates on Monday evening last with no increased charges of any description having been adopted by members.
However, the decision was not a unanimous one and an attempt by Councillors Jim Ryan, Noel O'Dwyer and David Doran to have the commercial rate reduced by significantly lowering expenditure on the Mayor's allowance and conference fees, failed and caused quite a bit of discontent within the chamber.
The Estimates had been framed by Thurles Town Clerk Mr Michael Ryan and Town Manager Mr Matt Shortt and was regarded as a very lean budget. Indeed, Mr Shortt, in addressing members said, "There is absolutely no fat with this one. Everything has been cut right to the very bone."
With parking charges remaining the same, the commerical rate on valuation remaining at 58.00 and all services being continued more or less at their current rate, the expectation was that there would be no difficulty with passing the Estimates.
Councillor Gerard O'Brien had joined with Mayor John Kenehan in welcoming the Estimates with Cllr O'Brien stating" I find it absolutely miraculous that all our services are being maintained and I am astounded at how our officials have managed to keep the show going in spite of the reductions in funding."
There was a substantial decrease in income from parking charges in 2010 while the Local Government Fund has also been reduced by over 100,000 Euro - this figure now lies at 865,000 Euro having been at 1.12million only three years ago.
Full story in this week's Tipperary Star.