Council to consider draft budget and agree the District Rate at Special Council Meeting

9th February 2023

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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will hold a Special Council meeting on Thursday 09 February 2023 at 7.00 pm to agree the Council’s budget and to strike the District Rate for the Fermanagh and Omagh District for 2023-2024.

The meeting will be live streamed on the Council’s YouTube channel.

At the Special Council Meeting, Councillors will consider and approve a budget for the provision of Council services.  The agreed budget will determine the District Rate for domestic (household) and non-domestic (business) properties for 2023-2024.

The District Rate is set by the Council annually to fund the provision of local statutory services as well as a number of additional services and a capital programme to enhance the District, support communities and businesses and improve the wellbeing of ratepayers.

As with residents and businesses across the District, the Council is also experiencing significant inflationary and external cost pressures which impact on the cost of delivering services.

The Council is fully cognisant of the cost of living pressures being experienced across the District and the draft budget has been developed following extensive financial planning by Councillors and Council Officers.  As part of the planning process, all Council services have been reviewed and some modifications have been introduced to enable the Council to continue to deliver as broad a suite of functions and community support as possible.

In preparing the draft budget, service efficiencies and the use of available reserves have been considered to endeavour to keep the rates increase as low as feasibly possible.  All factors have been taken into consideration to ensure the delivery of services in line with the priorities set out in the Fermanagh and Omagh Community Plan 2030 and Corporate Plan 2020-2024 whilst meeting the unprecedented financial challenges the Council is facing at this time.