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Are we set for 3.75% council tax hike?

Created on 22/12/2016 @ 10:28
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Powys County Council needs to make savings of around £22m over the next three years, with services set to be cut but it emerges that council tax could be about to rise considerably.

The council is currently holding an exercise to ask the public how they feel cuts could be made, but in a media statement issued last night there is a mention of a 3.75% in council tax proposal on the table.

Councillor Wynne Jones, Cabinet Member for Finance said: “The council has to produce a balanced budget. This is an opportunity for residents to see the challenges we face and show their support for service areas by allocating money to one area balanced with a reduction from another.

“A new element this year is an opportunity to express a view on the level of council tax and the scale of future increases. Our long term budget plans are based on an assumed increase of at least 3.75%.”

The council has an online budget simulator that we can all access via on the council’s website under the ‘Have Your Say’.

“We introduced the budget simulator last year using projected figures for a three-year period,” added Cllr Jones.

“This time we are looking at the period 2017/18 to 2019/20 and showing the impact of decisions on the overall budget. There will be elements that look familiar to residents but the exercise will help the council identify priorities for the coming years.”



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