Harte fears for council services as funding cuts loom

Local authorities in Donegal may be forced to cut services next year because of cuts in funding from Dublin.

Labour Councillor Jimmy Harte says the local government fund could be cut by as much as 10% next year, and realistically, councils cannot expect commercial ratepayers to make up the shortfall.

He says this means services such as housing, waste and water treatment will be impacted, and the council's ability to tackle issues such as unfinished estates will be compromised.

According to Cllr Harte, the key problem is that any time an initiative is announced to allow local councils raise funds, the government deduct the amount raised from its grants to the council...........

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