Members adopt Council’s €66.6m budget for 2022

Roscommon County Council members adopted their budget for 2022 at a meeting of the local authority on Thursday of last week.

The €66,603,100 budget comprises rates of income of €12,709,600 and Local Property Tax revenue of €10,825,200, which makes up 17 per cent of the total budget for 2022.

Addressing last week’s meeting, CEO of Roscommon County Council, Eugene Cummins, paid tribute to the support the local authority has received from central Government.

“This year we have received tremendous support from Government in respect of waivers and rates support and it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge that,” he said.

Mr. Cummins also thanked the county’s “very loyal” ratepayers and commended members for retaining the Local Property Tax rate of 15 per cent which would allow for spending on services to be maintained.

The Council CEO added that a number of improvement schemes such as the Public Realm Enhancement in Roscommon town, the continued development of Boyle and the creation of an innovation hub in Monksland would benefit the county next year.

He also described the commencement of works on the N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue bypass project as a personal highlight of the past year.

“I set myself the target of making sure it was going to be started…it is one of the most significant projects in my tenure,” he added.

Mr. Cummins highlighted a number of housing developments under Government housing plans that would most likely come before members in the coming months.

He also confirmed the establishment of a dedicated team tasked with meeting the Council’s environmental targets and also the continued ‘digital transformation’ when it comes to services provided by the local authority.

Commending Roscommon County Council staff, Mr. Cummins said they had been willing to work remotely to deliver services at times which suited people.

Cathaoirleach Joe Murphy urged members to adopt the “prudent” budget while respective Directors of Services’ provided an extensive overview of income and expenditure of their departments.

The budget was adopted on the proposal of the Cathaoirleach and seconded by Cllr. Tom Crosby. The rate of valuation, meanwhile, was proposed by Cllr. John Keogh and seconded by Cllr. John Cummins.

While there were queries around funding for the maintenance and repair of local authority housing, local roads and cemeteries, the budget was well received by members, who described it as “the envy of other counties” and “an important economic driver” for Roscommon.