The Conservatives have today announced their intention to implement a lower Council Tax rise in Bath and North East Somerset for this year than previously proposed in Budget documents. Having listened to the views of local residents, the Conservative Cabinet on Bath and North East Somerset Council will propose a 3.5% Council Tax rise instead of the previous 3.75% figure. The Council’s budget will then be debated at a meeting of the full Council on the 17th of February.
Sound budget management and increased efficiency from Council services have allowed for this extra leeway to limit Council Tax increases for families during tough economic times.
Councillor Malcolm Hanney (Con, Chew Valley North), the Cabinet Member for Resources, said:
“During these tough economic times we must ensure the Council lives within its means, but also within the means of its residents. That is why, having listened to local residents, the Conservatives will be recommending a lower Council tax rise for this year than previously proposed.
“The Council is not immune from the effects of the recession, and if the government wasn’t holding back a large amount of the grant which it calculates B&NES should be entitled to, then we would be looking at a zero per cent rise. However, due to careful budget management we are able to continue to invest in vital Council services while keeping Council tax as low as possible.