New local authority finance website launched by Galway researchers

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Researchers from the Whitaker Institute in NUI Galway launched the 2022 edition of the local government finance site this week.

Compiled by economics professors Dr Gerard Turley and Stephen McNena, local authority revenue and expenditure budget data for 2022 is available on the online platform localauthorityfinances.com.

Aims to improve transparency and accountability of local authorities, visitors to the interactive site can discover the different sources of local government funding, from commercial rates, residential property tax, fees and charges and central government grants.

Users can also see the services provided by the 31 local authorities, including, for example, social housing expenditure, local and regional roads, fire and library services, parks and public amenities.

They can then see income and expenses of their own local council, or they can compare themselves to other local councils.

“Local authorities plan to spend more than €6 billion in 2022. To date, this is the largest daily expenditure in the local government sector in Ireland,” said Dr Gerard Turley.

” Over the years of the Covid-19 pandemic, higher levels of Commune spending was supported by central government grants, in the form of of increased transfers for specific purposes, but also compensation payments for losses of revenue from rates and charges negatively affected by government restrictions.

“The website allows citizens to see how these six billion euros of taxpayers’ money is spent locally.

He said that a goal of any university is to contribute to the place and to society at large.

“As NUI Galwayhas the public good as its mission, this project aims to promote more informed public policy choices and decisions, by making it easier for voters and citizens to access and understand local government budgets.

Some of data highlights from 2022 include Dublin City Council’s revenue budget exceeding €1.1 billion and expenditure per capita ranging from €794 for Kildare County Council to €2,038 for City Council from Dublin.

To find out more about your municipality’s 2022 budget, go to localauthorityfinances.com.

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