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The topic of parking charges took up more than two hours of this week's Mayo County Council meeting — despite the fact the full council has no say in changing the status quo.
Mayo County Council’s budget meeting was adjourned for a week this morning to allow for the councillors more time to consider the draft budget put before them. Fianna Fail whip - Cllr Damien Ryan proposed the adjournment of the meeting for a week, which was supported by all the other groupings in the chamber. Cllr Ryan proposed that following the initial introductary presentations by the council chief executive, Peter Hynes and the director of finance, Peter Duggan the meeting would adjourn for seven days.
Last Monday saw two new officials take up their positions with Mayo County Council as part of its senior management team, following a recent recruitment campaign, carried out by the Public Appointment Service, two vacancies for the post of director of services have been filled. The posts had been vacant since the retirement of Joe Loftus in last May and move of Paddy Mahon to take over as chief executive of Longford County Council last year.
Despite a stark warning from Peter Duggan, Head of Finance of Mayo County Council that the local authority is going to face a €5.1 million shortfall next year, the elected members of the council refused to increase the base rate of the Local Property Tax for next year.
The chief executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, said he was "very happy" with the return the council got from its spending on hospitality on council credit cards. The issue was raised by Fine Gael councillor Jarlath Munnelly on Monday, during a discussion on the Local Goverment Audit Services Statutory Audit Report for 2014. Cllr Munnelly pointed out an item in the report compiled by Hugh Neville, an auditor with the Department of the Environment and Local Government, that read: "Expenses paid through credit cards for senior management, including a sample of invoices processed through the expenditure system for hospitality were examined by me in the course of the 2014 audit. While improvements continue to be made, the information supplied in some cases was not detailed enough. Given the poor state of the finances of the council, the level of hospitality and related expenses currently incurred by the council should be capped."
Mayo County Council will be spending €6.5 million in repaying loans due next year, it emerged this week. Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne questioned the level of spending on loans the council would have to make next year at the October monthly meeting, when the councillors were discussing the Local Government Audit Service Statutory Audit Report for 2014.
Mayo County Council is putting in a serious effort to collect rates owed to it, the head of finance for the council said this week. Cllr Jarlath Munnelly raised the issue of the collection of rates in the county, which was 75 per cent according to Local Government Audit Service Statutory Audit Report for 2014. Cllr Munnelly said that he understood there were plenty of genuine cases where businesses could not pay their rate demands, saying: "There should be more of a increase in the collection of the rates, this is not a case of pursuing money where we cannot get it, but there are plenty of business who went through a tough time and paid their rates and we owe it to them to ensure that those who can pay do."
Mayo County Council did not receive a single submission from any member of the public in relation to raising or lowering the Local Property Tax in the county. Under the legislation regarding the tax, local authorities have the choice to raise or lower the tax by 15 per cent either side of the set rate. The council advertised in July of this year for submissions from the public on the issue, but they did not receive a single submission from the public on the issue during this consultation period.