Hildegarde Naughton TD
Galway West – South Mayo
10th December 2018
Additional funding for Galway County Council welcome – Naughton
Galway County Council is to receive a boost in the funding it receives from central Government, local Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton has announced. The Local Authority will receive an extra €4 million over the next three years and is also set to benefit from a new system of allocating property tax from central Government, which will begin next year.
“It has been common knowledge that County Galway has been losing out on State funding for the last 20 years due to an error in the base calculation made at that time.
“Having discussed the matter with the Minister for Local Government, John Paul Phelan TD, I am pleased to confirm that an extra €4 million will be made available over the next three years. This additional funding will not be lost when the Council’s amalgamate but will be retained for the use of the new combined Local Authority.
“I have repeatedly made the point to the Minister that our per capita budget is way off target when compared to similar Local Authorities. This has now been accepted and the Council will receive an interim increase in funding.
“Additionally, I can confirm that changes to be made to the property tax system next year will ensure that Galway gets a bigger share of central funding in the years ahead. Changes to come into force next year will ensure that the distribution of property tax will be skewed towards counties, including Galway, who presently receive the least funding.
“I very much welcome the Departments acknowledgement that Galway has been left behind in Local Authority funding over the last 20 years and I am very pleased that we now have a method to correct that imbalance.