Views on Council Tax and services sought

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Views on Council Tax and services sought

Residents and businesses are being asked to give their views on plans to protect vital council services.

Rother District Council has launched its annual budget consultation, asking people to comment on council tax increases and what services they consider a priority.

Responses to the consultation, which will run until Friday, January 5, 2018, will help shape the council's final decision on its 2018/19 budget.

Proposals include generating an additional £190,000 to help support services by increasing the authority's share of council tax by £5 - taking the average Band D property from £169.32 to £174.32.

Cllr Lord Ampthill, portfolio holder for finance, resources and value for money, said: "Our general grant from Government will fall from £450,000 this year to just £72,500 for 2018/19 and, as inflation is expected to rise, our services will cost more to deliver. While a great deal of planning had gone into minimising the impact of this, we will be left with a shortfall.

"Asking our residents to pay more money for services is not something we do lightly, but we know how important the services we deliver are to residents and businesses in the district. I would encourage as many people as possible to give us their views on council tax and service priorities and help us set a budget that works for everyone."

As well as efficiency savings, including reducing staff by a third and offices by half, the district council is finding new sources of income, investing in technology to enable people who can to help themselves and working with others to deliver services of a lower priority. The ambition is to become by 2020 self-financing and not reliant on Government grants.

Assuming the council achieves its ambitions for 2018/19, there is still a predicted funding shortfall of around £340,000 and proposals have been drawn up to meet this.

For Council Tax, the options set out in the consultation include:

- Raising Council Tax by an average of £5, generating an additional £190,000 in 2018/19
- Freezing Council Tax at its current level and finding all additional savings from services
- Raising Council Tax by less than £5 and finding additional savings from services


To take part in the consultation, visit http://www.rother.gov.uk/article/12954/Council-Budget-201819-Consultation

The results of the consultation will be shared with members when they discuss the budget in early 2018.

Published on Tuesday, November 21 2017

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