Derry City council were last night set to increase the district rate by 2.25% in a bid to protect front line services, council jobs and key projects in the city.
Sinn Fein councillor Paul Fleming said the rise was below the rate of inflation but said it “ would have been preferable not to have any increase.”
“The strategic approach taken in recent years is now bringing dividends in terms of reduced subvention to vital council projects such as the airport whilst increasing investment in leisure development and continuing with other key initiatives such as the Culmore Landfill and Brooke Park Restorations and the Brandywell Regeneration Project.
“Sinn Féin has argued for a considerable period of time that Derry City Council required a longer term focus on council spending rather than knee jerking on an annual basis to create an artificial rate which would not protect services or create opportunities for investment.
“This year’s rate has been struck at a level which allows Council to provide a continuation of that quality service whilst ensuring that jobs are protected and major investment projects continue to be progressed.”