boss vows not to cut services in Burnham area as budget is set
Distict Council leader Duncan McGinty has this week vowed there
will be no cuts to services in the Burnham-On-Sea area as his council
set a balanced budget for the coming year.
don't have show-stopping headlines of cutbacks or doom and gloom
- what we do have is a balanced budget, focussing on the positives
and plans for the future," said the leader, pictured here.
was speaking at a meeting of the Full Council on Wednesday (22nd
February), where members voted to approve the Council Tax and Housing
Rents for 2017/2018.
decision to set a balanced budget comes despite reductions in the
council's grant funding from central Government.
McGinty added that the council "has made savings of £340,000
last year and will make a further £230,000 in 2017/2018"
but the council vowed there will be no cuts to services.
are following our long-term plan by the managed use of balances,
as agreed by Full Council five years ago," he added.
tax bills in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area will increase
by 3.4%, which is an additional £5 per year on a Band D property
- or 9p per week.
The council also agreed to a 1.25% charge for the Somerset Rivers
Authority whcih equates to £1.80 per year on a Band D property.
the past year, members have taken prudent, forward-thinking decisions
that maintain and improve services and save money."