The key objectives of the 2017 Budget are to:
- Maintain essential and other local authority services across the county.
- Continue our programme of supports to our communities.
- Support the economic recovery process locally.
- Continue to seek efficiencies in service provision, cost reduction and value for money.
- The Draft Budget has been prepared on the principle of a “balanced budget” based on the overall level of resources available to the Council and the requirement to meet statutory, contractual, legal and other obligations. It incorporates the decisions made by the Council in relation to the local property tax and general municipal allocations. Under the Local Government Act, 2001, the Draft Budget is required to set out the expenditure necessary to carry out the functions of the Council and the income estimated to accrue to the Council.
The twin objectives of increased inward investment and job creation are priorities for Tipperary County Council at this time. The Council has been particularly active with local, regional and national enterprise and tourism agencies in supporting these objectives. Examples include:
- The establishment of a Tipperary Economic and Enterprise Forum which brings together all of the enterprise, education and local development agencies in the county to identify and support inward investment opportunities.
- The development of a suite of marketing materials to actively promote the county as a destination of choice for job creation.
- The development of the Tipperary Tourism brand through the Tipperary Tourism Company.
- Active participation at Regional level in the Action Plan for jobs.
- The identification and purchase of lands which have the potential to support the development of local enterprise.
Recognising the particular strengths in our local indigenous enterprise, the Council has been working closely with the Tipperary Local Enterprise Office which acts as a First Stop Shop for anyone seeking information and support relating to starting or growing a business.