“Borrowing €170 million to Knock Down Offices and to Build New Offices in an Opera Centre with no Opera is Daft and will put Limerick in the Hock!”, says local election candidates Des Hayes and Ruth Clarke in Limerick City North.
Recent report from the UCD Geary Institute on Public Policy shows Limerick City and County top of the Local Authority spend of €432,170,921 on Housing and Building nationally in 2018.
Des Hayes said “ Where was this Public Money spent? When I ask the Council I get no answer, when I look for the Annual Financial Statements of Limerick City and County Council they are not available…Why”
“Each year Limerick City and County Council approve, sign off and publish the the financial statements around the end of March. This is essential to transparency and accountablilty so the public can know where there community tax of €20 million goes and local business in how €55 Million in commercial rates is spent, yet this year nothing published Why”
“In a year of Local Elections you would expect the citizens of Limerick would have some idea of how Council spends our money instead of the rhetoric from councillors seeking re-election saying -things are way tough this year but I will do me best to get you a few quid for your community, cher didn’t I do the potholes last year- when to make election decisions of the actual information”
“Before Local Authority function was local services including Water & Refuse these functions have since been farmed out and the Local Authority concentration is on Property Development it’s a bit like Bob the Builder becoming Robert the Developer”
Limerick Local Taxes & Rents Taken from Citizens and Local Business
Commercial Rates: €53,750,219 Million (2017 figures 2018 not available)
Property Taxation: €19,121,272 (2017 figures 2018 not available)
Local Authority Rents: €19,259,620 (2018 figures available from Department of Housing but not available from Limerick City and County Council?)
Ireland Combined Local Taxes Taken for Citizens and Local Business