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City councillors to debate draft budget for 2019

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors will gather in City Hall on Monday to discuss the local authority’s draft budget for 2019.
The budget, to be presented by the executive, provides for 87.7 million euro in expenditure, an increase of 9.5 million euro on the 2018 budgeted figure.
The proposed draft budget for 2019 has been compiled on the basis of no proposed increases in rates or local property tax.
Commercial rates are listed as the largest source of revenue income with 36.9 million euro forecast in the draft budget.
The Chief Executive’s report states 75 percent of the city council’s revenue expenditure is derived locally from rates in addition to local property tax and charges derived from locally provided services.
The council has not varied the rate of LPT since its inception in 2014.
The draft budget provides for no increase in charges in locally provided services with the exception of a proposed 10 percent increase in the cost of new burial spaces, which is estimated to yield a further 30 thousand euro.
Housing and building is forecast as the greatest expenditure for 2019 at over 27 million euro.

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UHG has 2nd highest number of Covid-19 patients nationwide today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG has the second highest number of COVID-19 patients nationwide today.

There are 25 patients with the virus at the city hospital – behind Cork University Hospital at 29.

Nationally, 288 COVID-positive patients are in hospitals today with 67 in ICUs.

It’s a slight fall on yesterday’s total and is 12 percent down on last Friday.

Today’s UHG figure OF 25 is a considerable reduction on the figure of 32 recorded this day last week.

UHG has consistently had one of the highest figures nationwide in recent weeks, and has also been dealing with significant overcrowding issues.

Meanwhile, there is a single COVID-19 patient at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe today – the exact same figure as was recorded this day last week.

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CSO seeking field supervisors across Galway for 2022 Cenus

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Central Statistics Office is seeking field supervisors across Galway for next year’s Census.

It’s particularly seeking applicants from Galway City Centre, Headford, Portumna and Tuam.

The full time positions will last from January to May, and people will work from their own home managing a small team.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, September 21st and further details are available at CSO.ie.

Kathleen Goulding of the CSO has been outlining who they’re looking for – tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Plans for €100m investment at Tynagh power station near Loughrea

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are plans for a major €100m development at Tynagh power station near Loughrea.

It’s proposed that a 299MW gas-fuelled power station will be built on the site, alongside the existing 400MW power station.

The Tynagh power station is 80 percent owned by a Czech firm which acquired the stake in 2019.

According to the Irish Independent, the proposed new €100m project would be a 299MW gas-fuelled power station.

It would be used to provide back-up electricity to the national grid when renewable energy is insufficient to meet demand.

It’s reported An Bord Pleanala has agreed that the planned development does not constitute a strategic infrastructure development.

As such, a planning application can be lodged with Galway County Council, which is expected to happen next month.

Photo – Barry Sherry TEL

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