Sunday 20 October 2019

Budgetary plan is not equal says Cllr Lawlor

Cllr George Lawlor.
Cllr George Lawlor.


Cllr George Lawlor labelled the Draft Budgetary Plan as 'discriminatory' when it was outlined by Head of Finance and ICT Annette O'Neill at last week's Wexford Borough District Council meeting.

He said that, as the capital district with the largest number of councillors, Wexford should be allocated more funding.

'New Ross for example are getting more than the Wexford district pro-rata.'

Cllr Lawlor said that as a council, they were being 'victimised' and made the suggestion that they looked into whether the allocations could be made equal.

Ms O' Neill said that there had been no mention by any councillor of these concerns at the previous three meetings.

In response to his concerns, Director of Services Tony Larkin said that it wasn't easy to find a system that works in all circumstances.

'It's difficult to find a fair way. It's the best worst outcome.'

Cllr Fergie Kehoe said earlier that he was glad to see a €30,000 increase in GMA funding since last year.

'It is heart-warming to see the increase. I hope over the next number of years, the increase will continue.'

Cllr Davy Hynes also welcomed the increase, saying that he hoped things would work out.

The Director of Services addressed Cllr Lawlor's concerns and said that his point was valid.

'We can agree a set of parameters but it can't be done this year.'

Wexford People

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