Two per cent council tax rise likely for 2015/16
PEOPLE might be facing a two per cent increase in council tax to pay towards a £25million investment in repairing roads and safefuarding for children.
Buckinghamshire County Council’s cabinet looked at the budget on Monday, recommending spending £25m on continuing to restore the county’s roads and increased spending on protecting vulnerable children.
To pay for this the cabinet recommended a council tax increase of 1.99 per cent.
The proposals are for the 2015/16 budget, following the news there will be a £11.2m reduction in government funding.
The council said it already expected an increasing demand on services, of about £20m mainly relating to children’s services and providing services to elderly adults.
The council has to manage with a budget gap of more than £31m for next year.
Money is also earmarked for children’s services, after it was marked for improvement in its latest Ofsted report. £1.1m will be put towards making changes.
Leader Martin Tett said: “I need to be clear that this is not ‘new money’ but what we have done is listen to feedback from the budget consultation, where people said that the state of the county’s roads continues to be one of their top concerns.”
The draft budget will now go to consultation with businesses.
It will be scrutinised by the independent finance, performance and resources select committee before the final budget is voted on by the full county council on February 12.