Buncrana and Letterkenny Town Councils expected to pass budgets this evening

After Donegal County Council failed to pass its budget for 2012 in Lifford yesterday, the attention now turns to the town councils in Letterkenny and Buncrana.

Both towns hold their budget meetings this evening, with indications that a deal will be reached and the budget passed in both cases.

It's anticipated that Letterkenny Town Council will retain its current rate, and instead of seeking to reduce the rate, members will propose using the equivalent of a 2% cut to fund a major promotional drive for the town in 2012.

It's an idea that's already been discussed by members, and will see them put money aside for supporting festivals and other events which will bring business into Letterkenny and hopefully generate more revenue for small businesses.

One example that's been used is the fact that Aura Leisure Centre will host the Ulster Finals of the Community Games next year, and that could be a significant boost to the economy.

There's already been a number of behind the scenes meetings in Buncrana, where there's a tradition of all nine members reaching consensus and then presenting a united front at the budget meeting.

The town already has the lowest rate in the country, and indications are that the rate will not change, although we understand some members still believe there is scope for a 2% reduction.