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Castlebar councillors reject district’s smaller budget


Ciara Galvin

CASTLEBAR councillors have unanimously rejected the draft 2018 budget for the Castlebar Municipal District.
The adoption of the budgetary plan for the district was rejected in a matter of seconds at the meeting, which was chaired by Cathaoirleach Cllr Martin McLoughlin.
A draft budget of €400,000 had been proposed by Mayo County Council, a €190,000 drop from last year’s €590,000 allocation to the area, according to Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.
Cllr Michael Kilcyone proposed that the planned budget be rejected, and Cllr Blackie Gavin seconded the proposal.
Speaking to The Mayo News Cllr Kilcoyne said that ‘no cut is acceptable’.
He added that the councillors in the Castlebar Municipal District were unanimous in their decision, and he also said that he would not be supporting the main budget in light of this cut.
“All of the services will be reduced further for people who are paying rates and property tax,” said Kilcoyne, adding that cuts such as this would not be imposed if the council collected money owed to it by companies such as Opensparkz.
Fianna Fáil’s Al McDonnell said the councillors’ hoped there would be some movement from Mayo County Council.
“We need a decent discretionary budget. An awful lot of great work is done by small groups who we give contributions to. We understand things are tight. We think the budget is spent very responsibly,” said the councillor.

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