Galway City Council has this evening (Monday 30th November) at its Annual Budget Meeting adopted an expenditure budget of €102,540,409 for 2021, an increase of over €2.8 million on the 2020 budget figure. The Budget was compiled on a basis which did not include any increases in commercial rates, Local Property Tax or increases in charges for services.
The adopted Budget for 2021 will continue to make provision to maintain existing Council services to a high standard.
Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath commented: ‘This year has been the most challenging of years on record due to the impact of COVID-19 and the major economic uncertainty it has caused is likely to continue into the year ahead. The Council has been prudent in managing its finances and provision has been made over the last number of years to build up some reserves, which will see the utilisation of these funds in 2021 to deliver a number of beneficial projects and initiatives for the city.”
In line with Galway City Council’s Corporate Plan, key priority areas within the Budget include Housing, in the context of Rebuilding Ireland, Transportation, Water Services, Planning & Economic Development, Climate Action, Sustainability, Recreation & Amenity services and the areas of Culture, Community & Heritage.