Positive and Expansive 2023 Budget Adopted by Kildare County Council
At the Annual Budget Meeting on Monday the 21st of November, the Members of Kildare Council voted to adopt the Annual Budget for 2023. A positive and expansive €199 million revenue budget was adopted and a very significant €764 million three-year capital programme was noted.
The €199 million revenue budget for 2023 provides funding for a very broad range of services including the maintenance and repair of the Council’s assets including its houses, libraries, corporate buildings, community facilities and parks. It also provides for road and footpath maintenance, maintaining a retained fire service, street lighting, arts and heritage initiatives and a range of community grant schemes. Full details of all the services provided can be found on our website at www.kildarecoco.ie.
In delivering the Kildare County Council Annual Budget, the Council is obliged to adopt a balanced budget. Council must consider our statutory obligations, our delivery of the Council’s corporate objectives and also balance the varied needs of both citizens and the business community.
Expansion of services
Kildare County Councillors directed additional financial resources toward areas such as Parks & Recreation, Public Realm, the celebration, and recognition of St. Brigid (Brigid 1500) and Climate Action/Energy Efficiency. The demand for enhanced public realm and outdoor amenities has grown with the increase in Kildare’s population. Investment in this area has the dual benefit of responding to the demands of citizens and residents of the county, but also supporting businesses through increased footfall in the towns and villages across Kildare.
As a regional lead for Climate Action, Kildare County Council continues to lead by example in delivering on climate action, biodiversity and energy efficiency initiatives.
Brigid 1500 is a major opportunity for Kildare from a tourism and economic perspective. This budget includes a significant provision for this important series of events. Kildare County Council will work closely with the local community and businesses to optimise the potential benefits for the County.
Speaking of the adoption of the budget Sonya Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Kildare County Council said “Kildare County Council’s budget for 2023 has been expanded to allow for the continued delivery of quality essential services but also a focused response in areas of significant public demand, Parks and Recreation, Climate Action and Economic Development. This is a very positive and progressive budget for a growing County”.
The Council’s draft budget can be found on the Council’s website – this will be updated with the adopted budget shortly - https://kildarecoco.ie/YourCouncil/Publications/Finance/Budget/