Your post is factually incorrect CP.
The use of Local authority development levies is regulated by law. These can only be spent on land servicing such as sewage and road provision or for other environmental aminities such as parks. They cannot be spend on staff salaries. This is detailed in section 14 a of this part of the 2000 planning act:http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2000 ... ed/en/html
Ditto the use as of Part V cash could contributions Is regulated by the same act. They can only be spent on social housing provision or other capital spending. This is explained in this Department of Housing memo:http://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default ... 794,en.pdf
You naivety, if that is what it is, is moving and heart-breaking and, at the same time, risible.
The existence of a law is a fact. The successful implementation, operation, administration, compliance with and enforcement of that law is not, unless this is established through audit.
If that were the case then there would be lots of social housing and world-class infrastructure in Ireland.
However, in the real world …
What I quoted were actual facts and not pompous, high-minded aspirations or wishful thinking.
Start End Item Amount
2000 2016 Development levies €3.85 billion
2002 2012 Planning fees €398 million
2003 2014 Part V payments €159 million
2003 2014 9,534 units at €150,000 each €1.43 billion
Total €5.837 billion
This is only a small subset of the actual money spent by local authorities in these intervals. These numbers are not adjusted for inflation.
Where did all this money go? Where?
The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council Lexicon Library Head Office vanity project cost €36.6 million and several million a year thereafter to run. That is a fact. Where did the money come from? Was this the best possible use of that money? Is the infrastructure and social housing provision in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council area so perfect that this was the last item on the construction agenda? Because that is where it should have been.
It is a fact that Sligo County Council wasted €100 million on vanity projects that contributed nothing to the county – see:http://sligonewsfile.com/debt-debacle-m ... ing-stock/http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environm ... -1.1702151
It is also a fact that Hubert Kearns, the Sligo County Manager responsible for this got a massive pay off and a contract job in that other €1 billion fuckup Irish Water – see:http://www.thejournal.ie/outgoing-sligo ... 1-Aug2013/
So, no, I did not get my facts wrong. I got them all too depressingly correct.
And if you want to read more about Owen Keegan’s squandering other vanity projects, have a look at this viewtopic.php?p=326724#p326724
from my previous incarnation.
Local authorities cannot be trusted to do anything right, except piss away money.