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Westmeath County Council Announces €90.5m Budget For 2022

€625,000 has been committed to fund next year's Fleadh Cheoil.

Westmeath County Council is announcing a budget of €90.5 million for 2022. 

The plan is an increase of €4.3 million on last years outlay. 

€15 million eurois being allocated for roads maintenance, €625,000 has been committed to fund the Fleadh Cheol in Mullungar next year, while €290,000 will be used to facilitate Athlone Flood Relief. 

The plan also includes targets of constructing 745 social housing units over the next three years as well as retrofitting a further 180 properties to alleviate the housing shortage in the county. 

The local authority has renewed its commitment to supporting business in the coming year with €220,000 allotted for the rates payment scheme and €150,000 for the shopfront enhancement scheme. 

It is being recommended however, that the 100% refund of vacant property tax be reduced to 90%. 

In line with the government's Climate Action Plan, €100,000 is being designated to environmental projects while an additional €150,000 will be provided to offset rising energy costs. 

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