{meta} Agenda for Budget Meeting on Monday 18th November, 2019, 6.15 pm

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2.. View directions

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No. Item

1.

Consideration of the Draft Revenue Budget for the local financing year ending the 31st December 2020 (Report No. 320/2019) including: pdf icon PDF 5 MB

Ø  Resolution on whether to vary the vacancy refund rate

 

Ø  Resolution to adopt or amend the Chief Executive’s draft budget

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lord Mayor thanked the Head of Finance, Kathy Quinn and the budget consultative committee chaired by Council Seamás McGrattan for their work in putting together the budget.  Each Group Leader spoke and following a discussion it was agreed to defer the meeting to Monday 25th November 2019 at 6.15 p.m.

 

The Council resumed the meeting on Monday 25th November 2019 at 6.15 p.m. when the Lord Mayor invited Ms Kathy Quinn, Head of Finance, to speak on the budget proposals. She began by thanking the Members for their co-operation in the budget preparatory process and also thanked all her staff for their hard work. She then gave a presentation on the budget proposals before the meeting. For full details see Appendix A to these Minutes. Discussion of the proposed draft budget then followed.

 

To determine the vacancy refund for the local financial year ending 31st December 2020 at 25% - it was moved by Councillor Ray McAdam and seconded by Councillor Daithí de Róiste as follows “It is hereby resolved under section 71 of the Local Government (Dublin) Act 1930 as amended by section 31 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 (“the Act) that owners of vacant premises which are located within all eleven Dublin City Local Electoral Areas shall be entitled to claim and receive 25% (twenty five percent) rates refund for the 2020 local financial year and that the proportion of rates refund shall operate within the meaning of section 14(1) of the Act”. The resolution was put and carried.

2.

By resolution to adopt such Draft Budget either with or without amendment and to determine in accordance with such Budget as so adopted the annual rate on valuation to be levied for several purposes in such Budget. pdf icon PDF 141 KB

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Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor Deirdre Heney and seconded by Councillor Neasa Hourigan “That the Budget for the local financial year ending 31st December, 2020 and set out in report No. 320/2019 be and is hereby amended by Dublin City Council by an:

Increase/decrease in expenditure of (€ 2,001,291) as under:

  • A0301 – Debt Management & rent Assessment +€100,000 (Increase of Legal Fees to improve the collection of Housing Rents and reduction of Rent Arrears)
  • A0601 – Technical & Administrative Support +€1,651,291 (Provision of Loan Charges to fund Housing Capital Programme)
  • H0303 – Refunds & Irrecoverable Rates -€1,500,000 (Reducing vacancy refund rate from 35% to 25%)
  • J0801 – Area Offices +€1,750,000 (Increasing the Area Office Discretionary Fund to €3m)

 

Funded by a net increase/decrease in income of (€2,001,291) as under:

  • A0301 – Debt Management & Rent Assessment -€2,000,000 (To reverse the proposed increase to the Differential Rents Scheme)
  • J – Increase the ARV from 0.265 to 0.268 +€4,001,291

 

To amend Division B, page 24, under objective to add text :

That at least 20% of items in B0302, B03036, B0402, B0406 shall be allocated to the improvement and maintenance of cycle infrastructure.

 

 

SUB-SERVICE

REDUCTION

INCREASE

EXPENDITURE

 

Division A

A0301

 

100,000

Division A

A0601

 

1,651,291

Division H

H0303

1,500,000

 

Division J

J0801

 

1,750,000

 

 

 

 

INCOME

 

 

 

Division A

A0301

2,000,000

 

Division J

 

 

4,001,291

 

The motion was put to a vote and carried.  Results of this vote are contained in Appendix B

 

As this approved motion superseded any other motion that might propose to defer or further amend the draft budget, were deemed to have fallen.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Deirdre Heney  and seconded by Councillor Neasa Hourigan  “That Dublin City Council hereby adopts the Budget for the local financial year ending 31st December, 2020 as set forth in Tables A and B attached hereunder, amended appropriately as set out above (Tables A and B in Appendix C).” The motion was put and carried. Results of this vote are contained in Appendix D.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Vincent Jackson and seconded by Councillor Daithí de Róiste “That Dublin City Council hereby determines in accordance with the said Budget, appropriately amended, as adopted, the annual rate on valuation of 0.268 to be levied in the City of Dublin for the several purposes specified in the said adopted Budget as appropriately amended for the local financial year ending 31st December, 2020” The motion was put to a vote and was carried.  Results of this vote are contained in Appendix E.

 

3.

Report No. 347/2019 - of the Chief Executive (O. Keegan) - Governance and Application of Area Discretionary Funding pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor Vincent Jackson and seconded by Councillor Keith Connolly “That Dublin City Council notes the contents of Report No. 347/2019, Governance and Application of Area Discretionary Funding” The motion was put and carried.

 

 

The Lord Mayor thanked the Members, the Chief Executive, the Head of Finance and her staff for all their efforts to arrive at an agreed budget. The meeting concluded at 8.05 p.m.