A raft of savage budget cuts were announced at Friday afternoon’s Kildare County Council special meeting.
The Council is facing a shortfall of €2.2 million in funding from central government. The latest figures show that just 59.3 per cent of eligible Kildare householders have paid the €100 household charge.
Cutbacks of €353,000 have had to be made in the budget for the third quarter of this year. These were the cuts discussed at Friday afternoon’s meetng.
Further cuts of up to €1.6 million may still have to be made in the last three months of the year. The county’s Fire Service may be among those hit by the next raft of budget savings.
Cuts announced on Friday include: a cut in the household/cultural services budget of €280,000. This includes €50,000 in cuts to legal costs; a suspension of all housing grants and €80,000 off the playgrounds and €20,000 off the libraries budget.