Council funding down 6.7% for 2012

Kilkenny County Council’s grant from the Department of the Environment is down 6.7% from last year’s allocation, despite the introduction of the household charge that is going towards funding of local services.

Kilkenny County Council’s grant from the Department of the Environment is down 6.7% from last year’s allocation, despite the introduction of the household charge that is going towards funding of local services.

The council has been notified that its allocation from the Local Government Fund is due to be €15.1 million for 2012, down from the more than €16 million it received for last year.

Despite the €160 million that the household charge is expected to bring in nationally this year, the total pool of money available in the Local Government Fund is down from last year. This money means that the reduction for Kilkenny County Council is less than it would have been, however, according to the council.

Homeowners have until March 31 to pay the €100 charge, and for anyone wishing to pay it in instalments a direct debit must be set up by March 1. It is payable at www.householdcharge.ie.