County Hall on John Street
Kilkenny County Council’s performance was above the national average in the majority of service areas, according to a report for 2017 by the National Oversight and Audit Committee.
Notably, the report shows that Kilkenny County Council has the second-highest percentage level of collection in Rates in the country, after Fingal County Council.
The figures are backed up by the Local Government Audit for report for the year ending December 31, 2017, which showed a number of improvements relating to main income categories compared to the previous year. Yield in Rates (95%) and housing loans (85%) showed improvements, while rents and annuities was down by 1% to 92%.
“While the amounts outstanding at year-end remain significant and despite the increase in the arrears on housing rents and subsidies, it is commendable that the percentage yields on all three of the above categories of income continues to be significantly higher than the 2016 national average returns for local authorities,” notes the auditor, Gerard McMorrow.
In her response, Chief Executive Colette Byrne said a strong focus on the collection of all income categories had been maintained during 2017.
“The total arrears balance on rates, rents, and loans has been reduced by €3.2 million (60%) in the last five years,” she says.
“Further improvements are targeted in 2018 especially for rents and annuities and loans.”
Mayor Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere noted that Kilkenny had increased the collection of rates and had the second-highest level in the country.
“It’s a huge testament to Martin Prendiville and his team, and I commend them for their attitude and perseverance,” he said.