tax bills look set to be frozen in Burnham-On-Sea area
tax bills look set to be frozen in the Burnham-On-Sea area as
Somerset County Council seeks to cut £40m from its spending
over the next year.
The proposals announced on Tuesday (January 26th) are due to be
discussed at the Council's Cabinet meeting on February 3rd and
include a freeze in council tax for 2010/11.
approved, it would mean the County Councils bill for a Band
D home will remain at £1,027.30. A £40m spending cut
is around 10 per cent of the overall council budget.
Council Leader Ken Maddock said instead of the normal three year
budget, the Authority will be agreeing a one-year spending plan
to reflect uncertainty over future spending and the upcoming general
"Weve taken a tough stance with our biggest contracts
to bring about further savings, he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"In just one case, around £5m a year has been saved
to deliver the same amount of work within the contract to manage
Somerset roads thats a total of £25 million
over the length of the contract."
Reducing £19 million from the Councils spending budget
and £21 million from its capital or building
budget, in an effort to reduce costs, will also be discussed.
number of schemes planned for 2010/11 may be shelved. These include
plans for a new library in Castle Cary, and the extension of the
Silk Mills Park and Ride in Taunton.
Further savings are already being delivered at County Hall itself,
with a jobs freeze bringing the number of people employed to the
lowest level for two years, and saving £1 million to date.
Cllr David Huxtable, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member
for Resources, added: "All Councils throughout the UK are
taking tough decisions about their spending commitments and its
just the same for Somerset. Increasing Council Tax at a time where
people are losing their jobs and finding it financially difficult
would be wildly inappropriate. Were placing the onus on
our own organisation to tighten its belt, just like thousands
of families across Somerset are having to do."