There will be no increases in the charges for services in Cashel this year.
The cost of services including commercial rates, housing rents, parking charges and burial ground fees remains unchanged, as the Town Council’s final Budget was adopted unanimously.
The Council’s estimated expenditure for the year is just over €2.6 million, an increase of €37,763 on last year.
This increased expenditure of 1.4% had been achieved without increasing charges but with greater efficiency and value for money in everything they did, stated Town Clerk Marie McGivern.
Even though it was operating in a difficult financial environment, the Council should be able to maintain the same level of services, including its support for local community groups and organisations, stated Town Manager Sean Keating. It would achieve this with careful management of reduced funds.
“God only knows what it will be like for Cashel when this period of time is over”, said the Mayor, Cllr. Joe Moloney, as the Council prepares for its abolition after the local elections in June. “We’ve done our bit, that’s all we can do and hopefully things can only get better”, he said.
The abolition of the Council was final “but it’s not right”, stated Cllr. Maribel Wood.