Kildare County Council have announced details of their 2020 budget with a gross expenditure of €164 million agreed. Figures of note are agreed expenditure of €40.1 million on housing and building, €3.7 million on road transport and safety and €21 million on water supply and sewerage.
There will be no increase in commercial rates next year. This has been welcomed by businesses in the area and County Kildare Chamber who contested the proposed rate increase of 7.5%. After the rate re-evaluation in 2018 many businesses in the county saw their annual rate bill increase, in many cases by over 25% so a rate freeze for next year is of great significance.
Kildare County Council’s CEO, Peter Carey, noted that “while current forecasts are favourable, there is still uncertainty about the external environment, both in relation to Brexit and broader risks”. He went on to say that “services are operating at capacity and based on the demands on Council services, that 2021 is likely to see a rates increase.”