Trim Town Council agreed its budget for 2013 at a meeting last Tuesday night. There will be no rates increase for the fifth year running.
Councillor James O’Shea welcomed the passing of the budget and paid tribute to the council officials and said despite the reduced income a number of initiatives were included in the budget to look after the town. In particular he mentioned the restoration of the amenity grants and a paint your business grant.
The Town Clerk outlined the budget to the councillors at the meeting. She said the budget had been a difficult task due to the loss of income but the Council would continue to provide frontline services. There was a decrease in the monies received from the Local Government Fund. Parking fees were being estimated as being reduced by €31,500 and as a consequence of reduced parking there would be reduced fines and this figure was estimated at €14,000. On the expenditure side there was a reduction in administration of €36,000. Amenity grants of €3000 were being re-introduced. For 2013 The Council hope to look at Newhaggard Road under the Block Grants. Funding of €25,000 will be provided for the Visitor Centre. In 2013 the Council will introduce a “Paint Scheme” for shop fronts providing €2,000 for this new initiative.
The council passed the budget with six councillors voting in favour, one against and one abstaining.