Revenue collected through parking charges in South Tipperary towns is being transported by a security company to Cork every week since the amalgamation of South and North Tipperary County Councils .
The practice has been described as a shocking waste of taxpayers money by Deputy McGrath who said the security firm was paid to transport the money to Cork prior to the money ending up in Nenagh where the head of finance for the county council is now based.
Deputy McGrath said that revenue collected now in Clonmel through parking charges was going towards paying for the security firm to remove money from Clonmel and other towns in South Tipperary.He understood the security involved costs in excess of €1,000 a week.
“This was money that was banked in Clonmel prior to the amalgamation. Not only is some of it going to pay a security company we have no control over what comes back to be spent in the area,” said Deputy McGrath who this week called on Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly to reverse the decisions taken in the reform of local government.
“This is a smash ‘n grab raid by Tipperary County Council.We were told that the amalgamation of the two councils would lead to savings but nobody ever mentioned new costs like this being created,” said Deputy McGrath.
Tipperary County Council said the parking revenue was now loddged in Cork because they were informed by the bank that local banks would no longer deal with that coinage and such procedures would have had to be introduced even if the two councils had not amalgamated.
“All this money is leaving Clonmel and towns in South Tipperary and it is actually costing money to remove it now to get it to Nenagh which is the control centre for the new Tipperary county council. We have no control over how much of this revenue actually returns to South Tipperary for roads, housing and other services.” he said.
“Clonmel Borough Council had a budget of €15m and now it hardly has fifteen pence to spend.We had to get down on our hands and knees and beg for funding for the St.Patrick’s Day parade in the town.This is scandalous,” said Deputy McGrath.
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