Portlaoise’s budget rises after overspend

PORTLAOISE Town Council is set to have its budget increased after overspending in 2012.

PORTLAOISE Town Council is set to have its budget increased after overspending in 2012.

Town councillors were told this week that the the 2013 budget would be €90,486 which is just over €1,000 more than the 2012 budget of €89,275. At this week’s annual budget meeting it was revealed that the spending was €91,635 in 2012.

The council’s contribution to Association of Municipal Authorities in Ireland (AMAI) exceeded the proposed €3,750 up to €4,100. The AMAI was to represents the interests of all the local authorities.

Office expenses cost €81 more than expected, €200 extra was spent on school wardens and €250 more on integration in schools.

The only areas where the council underspent was in their audit (€1,700 allocated, €1,630 spent) and insurances (€1,800 allocated, €1,786 spent).

The total receipts for 2012 was €24,032. This left a deficit of €65,243 which will be mostly funded by County Hall. The demand on Laois County Council for 2013 is now €64,470.