There is good news for residents and business people in Thurles this week with the decision of the Town Council not to increase the commercial rate, parking charges, burial ground charges or any other rates for the coming year.
The annual Estimates of Expenditure and Income were adopted by the elected representatives at the meeting on Monday night and the charges are being maintained at 2011 levels despite the fact that the Local Government Fund has been cut by some 9%, or 70,000 Euro. The Budget as presented by Town Clerk Mr Michael Ryan (pictured), and Town Manager Mr Matt Shortt, got the support of eight of the members with Cllr David Doran deciding not to vote for it in protest at 10,000 Euro being included for members conference expenses.
With expenditure in the region of 5.3million Euro budgetted for in 2012, the council will seek to provide the same levels of services as heretofore. And, following an extensive trawl through the figures by the management team, a very “pro-active budget” was drawn up, presented and adopted by members after Cllr John Kenehan had proposed it, and Cllr Michael Cleary seconded it.
Fore more on this story please see this week’s Tipperary Star