Leitrim council cathaoirleach says rates increase necessary for matching funding

Ratepayers in County Leitrim can expect to pay on average €60 euro extra next year after the county council agreed on a 3% rise..

Councillors were told more than €25m would be required to match-fund projects worth a total of €345m as part of a strategic capital investment programme as part of the council’s budget.

80% of ratepayers in Leitrim pay less than €3,000 per year.

The increase was proposed by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Paddy O’Rourke and seconded by Councillor Enda McGloin.

Speaking to Ocean FM News, Cllr O Rourke says the revenue from rates is essential when it comes to providing matching funding for projects in various parts of the county.

Cllr O Rourke admitted some councillors had strong about the rate increase but he said no councillor voted against the actual proposal.

Asked what the 3% increase will now mean for ratepayers, this was his response: