€262 million spent by County Council in 2017

€262 million spent by County Council in 2017

By Maurice Garvey 

SOUTH Dublin County Council incurred a total expenditure of €262 million (excluding transfers) during 2017, according to it’s annual financial statement.

The revenue account, which records financial transactions on day-to-day activities, delivered a surplus of €35,104 during 2017, increasing the overall revenue reserve to €12,146,000 as of December 31, 2017.

Round Tower Visitors Centre Clondalkin credit Ben Ryan Photography

Clondalkin Village: €2,779,417 was spent on the Round Tower visitor centre

Rates income delivered the bulk of this €117,151,143, local property tax delivered €5,425,579 and income from divisions was €107,920,414.

The total expenditure in capital accounts was €33,002,342, including a €8,214,471 social build programme at St Aidan’s, Tallaght, and €2,779,417 for the Round Tower visitor project.

Housing developments that benefited from capital account funding, included CALF voluntary housing €6,678,098, MacUilliam infill housing €1,637,555, Letts Field in Clondalkin €1,503,049.

The local authority spent €69.5 million on salaries, wages and pensions in 2017, with €93 million on operational expenses.

In 2017, the evaluation and approvals committee of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) approved €780, 000 for 28 projects, creating 48 new jobs with the potential to create 228 new jobs.

Over 1,000 clients attended LEO training courses and mentoring services while a further 340 local business people attended Business Support Fund training programmes. These programmes were based on a 2015 training needs survey completed in conjunction with the Chamber.

Up to 33 trading online vouchers were approved and 11 technical support grant applications for export assistance, including food branding, were accepted in 2017.

The three-year capital programme incorporating projects of €383.5 million was produced for 2018-2020 while the council adopted a 2018 revenue budget of €232 million on November 16.a