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And what services are we getting or going to get in return if this 4million is collected??Do tell.
The Local Government Fund (LGF) is a special central fund financed by the full proceeds of motor tax and an Exchequer contribution. The Fund provides local authorities with the finance for general discretionary funding of their day-to-day activities and for non-national roads, and funding for certain local government initiatives.
General-Purpose Grant allocation from the LocalGovernment Fund for Donegal County Council for the year 2011 is €36,345,399. Looking at donegal coco expenditure accs for 2011 their accountants need to sort out their unecessary overspending!!! They simply need to do what aib has done and cut back to one location!!
Another document that shows Donegal coco recieving the third highest allocation in the country after Dublin and Cork for 2012.
What is Donegal county council doing with all this money?
Well there is that computer program that they were designing that cost €3 or 4 million that will never be used. There are about €50k pf plastic pipes lying in the Gweedore yard this last 3 years assume other yards are the same or worse,there is all the piles of chips lying around the place or maybe the housing estates they bought at top prices ate the budget
60k cars registered in Donegal averaging a minimum €400 a year in motor tax thats €24million alone from road tax and thats not counting vans,trucks and tractors add in commercial rates and water rates they should be well covered
Maybe this is a good time for the council to take a long look at itself….
Here’s a few suggestions for savings
County councillor expenses to go to funerals.
Planning dept sized for a boom.
Junkets for foreign trips.
Mayor of donegal (whats it for?).
Massive payouts for retiring staff.
Ridiculous pensions for former councillors.
County manager who gets paid more than the spanish prime minister
Stupid art on roundabouts.
Redundant town councils that serve no purpose except as a training ground for the next crop of useless party politicians.
Huge waste of money on unnessary projects.
How our money IS being spent, for example:
277 thousand euro for a 3 day meeting in Redcastle hotel. (must have been drinking out of gold plated cups)
These are just a few suggestions, however i’m sure they would rather be talking about things that they cannot do anything about, like the “abortion” issue or whether rte shows a footbal match on TV. (sheeeesh)
If the council thinks that we will just keep on paying for the elites to carry on as usual — they are very much mistaken.
I paid the tax THIS YEAR (like so many others)……. but i will not be paying any more without SERIOUS reform of the system.
County council take note …. the worms are turning.
i’ve seen one council worker and he’s lying in vehicle sleeping for up to 2hrs everyday da council need 2 tighten up. anywhere else he’d be sacked starts at 8.30 and stops at 3.30 it’s a joke
Ok, so those services that aren’t being provided won’t be provided. Am I missing something here??!!
Ok… Lets be honest, because of this system in place by dept of the environment, people who pay are no different and no better off than those who did not pay. They benifit and loose all the same and its clear that the people who have not paid won’t suffer at all, so where is the incentive for them to pay the money, that realistically they get no service for..
What i would like to see done is the councils really cut back to the bare bones, for them to stop offering their services and eventually we will see what services people want to pay for (ones they need) and the unused services can be done away with or even privatised…
Fact is government was always going to cut the budget allocation (and the onus was put on the local authorities to bring in the charges) but Big Phil neither has the personal skills nor the management skills to bring such a plan to fruitition..
I would imagine for 95% of the people in donegal, they will see no differnce in how the local authorities conduct their business..
In reply to John see above I live in the country , no street lights ,was involved in an accident not my fault other car uninsured my insurance paied over€6,000 for fire tender to attend scene , house fire there is a call out fee and house insurance will pay for fire engin , I have a meter for water which I pay and have done for years , no public sewers no grass cutting no bin collection civic sites private and pay for what u leave except recycles , so I fail to get your point but please feel free to enlightenment as to what services I get from council
I think the prevailing attitude among townies is that if you live in the country you have to pay for everything yourself because you “chose” to live there.
However if you live in the town, services have to be paid for out of the public purse which we all contribute to.
That equality in modern day Ireland.
Your fire service, your street lights , your water(for the moment), blue flag beaches, sponcership of various festivals, help for your tidy towns, your libraries, Social housing , civic amenity sites, grant aid for the disabled and elderly.
These cuts wont make a blind bit of difference to the average householder who pays through the nose as we speak….