Revealed: How Mid Ulster council spent your rates

A view of the Olympic size swimming pool at the Greenvale Leisure Centre Magherafelt.INMM3215-358
A view of the Olympic size swimming pool at the Greenvale Leisure Centre Magherafelt.INMM3215-358

In the 11 months from April 1, 2015, Mid Ulster Council has spent most of the £27.9m in rates collected from the area’s residents and businesses.

But with a total budget of over £37m pounds - from rates, grants and money for transferring functions like planning - it seems there is still money left in the pot.

Of the seven council departments, environmental and property services have spent the most money at over £12m, followed by culture and leisure services which had an outlay of half that amount, at just over £6m.

Some of the notable figures from the financial report, which includes the period up to February 29 this year, include the £80,644 paid to associations in the area, £246,544 for citizens’ advice services and the £764,865 in members allowances.

Just short of £310,000 has been spent on good relations projects, while leisure centres in Cookstown (£745,756), Dungannon (£829,561), Maghera (388,610) and Magherafelt (£567,180), saw a further £2.5m go on them.

Mid Ulster Sports Arena cost £238,842, Meadowbank had £236,119 spent on it, whilst Moneymore Recreation Centre cost £85,607.

Other large outlays included the money for theatre and arts centres (£925,754), but off street car parking in Dungannon and Magherafelt made profits of £345,744, the lion’s share of which came from Magherafelt (£248,448). Parking in Cookstown is still free.

Council funds also went on wellbeing projects like allotments, although some in the area made a profit.

The cost of public conveniences also took money from the budget, with the cost of those in Caledon (£29,392) costing twice what was spent in much bigger, Dungannon.

Totals/ budgets for the departments

Chief Executive: £1,518,860/ £2,525,513

Business and communities: £2,345,368/ £3,609,281

Culture and leisure: £6,056,751/ £7,357,005

Enviroment and property: £12,407,902/ £14,158,953

Director of finance: £2,413,565/ £6,580,659

Organisational development: £462,219/ £609,337

Public Health and infrastructure: £1,825,285/ £2,387,451

Grand total: Expenditure was £27,029,950 and the budget £37,228,199