County Council approves £67 per year hike in council tax
and Highbridge residents will pay £67 extra per year in council
tax from April, after Somerset county council agreed its budget
Conservative-led authority voted through a 5.99% increase in its
share of the council tax bill, with half of the increase going on
adult social care.
Council Tax and Adult Social Care precept will mean an annual increase
of £67.37 for the average Band D property.
budget was agreed by 33 votes to 20, with opposition from the Liberal
Democrats and other parties.
budget includes nearly £9m of savings, including £3m
by 'enabling the elderly to do more for themselves' and £2.5m
from childrens services.
decision comes on top of Sedgemoor
District Council's decision to raise its portion of the council
tax by 3.32% and Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge Town Council's increase of 4.95%.
of Somerset County Council, Cllr David Fothergill, said: "Im
pleased to be able to present a budget that is not only balanced,
but demonstrates our ambition and commitment to meet the needs of
our residents, especially our children and young people."
local authorities, our finances are under pressure - our funding
from central Government is falling by £10m this year alone.
But we are still able to fund our priorities - which are in line
with those of our residents investing in the right things
at the right time."
also approved the proposed Revenue Budget, which sets out the Councils
day to day running costs and features saving proposals to close
its estimated £13m budget gap. These include a reduction of
100 County Council posts.
David Hall, Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Development,
said: "It is never easy to make savings but this is a budget
that allows us to carry on providing quality services and protect
our care budgets as much as possible."