CITY Council has voted to take the ‘executive function’ status from the city manager, Mr Tom Rice, to level certain charges on the community. This means that, in the coming year, city councillors can, if they wish, decide not to have water charges. As an executive function an in order to try and meet monies needed, Mr Rice brought in the water charges. The Corporation is still owed over £600,000 in payments. If the councillors decide to get rid of the charges, they will have to come up with another scheme for getting in the necessary finance. Environment minister, Mr Liam Kavanagh, has indicated by letter that he is willing to make it a reserve function by the manager. As Mr Rice put it in plain terms to the council this week: “It will transfer the power from the manager to the council.” Mayor Kennedy then asked the councillors: “Do you want to pass the resolution to take the power into your mighty hands?” However, Cllr Joe Harrington stated that the decision of the Minister and the reason for doing it was “devious: he is the giving us the power not alone to levy, but also not to levy.” He was in favour of it. Ald Kemmy said it was a tricky decision to make it, but they were supporting it.
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