Local authority poised to raise council tax while slashing its budget

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The council has to find savings of £4.2 million

Canterbury City Council will have to reduce its budget by a quarter in the years up to 2023/4.

The authority started its budget consultation at the start of the week as it seeks to identify savings of £4.2 million.

It insists it will not affect services and that reductions can be found in “internal reviews and efficiency savings” with the cost of some services likely to rise.

An increase of 2.98% to its share of the council tax is also on the table. This would add £6.12 a year – or 12p a week – to a band D property.

Council Leader Cllr Simon Cook said: “It is going to become more and more difficult to find the savings we need in future without affecting the level of service we provide to our residents.

“Some very challenging decisions will be coming our way over the next few years in order to be able to balance the books.

“All the budget documents are on our website and I would encourage local people to look at the proposals for 2019/20 and let us know what they think.”

The consultation runs until January, 4 2019 and all the information is available on the dedicated page on the council’s website.

Views can be submitted via the online form or in writing to Budget consultation, Canterbury City Council, Military Road, CanterburyCT1 1YW.

Councillors will consider the comments and will then set the final budget and council tax at the full council meeting of Thursday, February 14.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I agree with Chrissy

    A council that is “hard up ” cannot possibly afford the luxury of an additional car park which we are told wont pay for itself for decades..to come

    Until then either even further revenue savings will be needed or council tax payers from the coastal towns and the rural villages will ,along with Canterbury City residents ,have to cover the cost

    I wonder if our friends in Herne Bay ,Whitstable , Chartham etc know this?

    CCC needs to be taken to task for its cynical decision not to provide a lift in the car park in order to keep the estimated capital costs below £10m.

    No doubt on completion final costs will be rather higher.as they always are with all but the very best managed capital projects.

    Whatever happened to the Integrated Transport hub that is supposedly being planned for the site.

    Cancel the car park scheme and we might begin to believe that CCC is moving in the right direction with its revenue savings programme.

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