Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Ceisteanna (157)

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

244 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the reason the increase in the budget allocation to Tralee was below the average for the State. [6289/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

I assume that the question refers to the 2004 general purpose grants from the local government fund notified to Tralee Town Council.

Tralee Town Council has been allocated €2.9 million in general purpose grants towards their day-to-day expenses in 2004. This represents an increase of 11.7% over the 2003 baseline allocation and is about four times the expected rate of inflation for the year. The increase of over €300,000 that Tralee Town Council has been allocated over its 2003 baseline is in fact the third largest increase in monetary terms of any town council.