€5 million council cut

Laois Council is facing significant cuts to its spending plans next year councilllors learned this week.

Laois Council is facing significant cuts to its spending plans next year councilllors learned this week.

Details of next years budget were revealed to councillors at a behind closed doors meeting with the Mr Peter Carey, the County Manager and his officials. The figures will be confirmed at a public meeitng next Monday, December 17.

It is understood that ouncillors were told that next years budget would be almost €60 million for day to day spending.

However, this represents a fall on 2012 when €65.6 million was allocated. The spending last year was €63.3 million.

The council has been hit by the refusal of many people to pay the household charge. In the last quarter of 2012 €65,000 was stripped from the budget.

Meanwhile 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 last 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.