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There will be some new year’s cheer for the 777 ratepayers of Athlone with the news this week that there will be no increase in rates for 2010.
Westport Town Council has struck a rate of 64.84, which makes it the lowest rate multiplier in the county. This rate was agreed at a budget meeting on Thursday night where councillors proposed a 2.5 per cent reduction on rates in the town. This, according to the Cathaoirleach of the town, Councillor Myles Staunton, sends out the message that “Westport is open for business”.
Westport Town Council has so far totted up a bill of €40,000 in dealing with the extreme weather conditions which have plagued the county over the past few weeks.
Allocations for the €1.13m collected from parking in Mullingar last year were shown to councillors this week (January 18), at the monthly meeting of the area committee, as well as as a €1.2m EU grant to promote cycling around the town.
Curraghmaore National School’s fundraiser ‘Get Up The Yard’ is gathering momentum and heading for the home straight. The mascots Hare (Hairy) and Tortoise (Torty) have been feeling the cold in the yard over the last few weeks, but they are confident they will make it to the finish line on time.
Based on a Labour Party survey of water charges in each local authority area, schools in Castlebar and around the county could face an average increase of 100 per cent in their water bills if water conservation measures are not introduced immediately according to Labour Councillor Harry Barrett.