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Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Mem­bers of the pub­lic have been urged to have their say on the fu­ture pri­or­i­ties of the coun­cil.

Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil has asked res­i­dents to tell them what they feel its pri­or­i­ties should be for the next few years ahead of set­ting the lo­cal author­ity’s bud­get next year.

The on­line sur­vey, which is open un­til mid­night on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, will look at a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ser­vice ar­eas, with re­spon­dents asked how they would make sav­ings in the coun­cil bud­get, and share ideas they may have for gen­er­at­ing ad­di­tional in­come to off­set the sav­ings needed.

A spokesper­son for the coun­cil said: “Like all lo­cal au­thor­i­ties Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil is pre­par­ing for the sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial chal­lenges which lie ahead.

“Pub­lic views gath­ered in the sur­vey will help coun­cil­lors make in­formed de­ci­sions when con­sid­er­ing the op­tions for the 2018-2019 fi­nan­cial year and be­yond.”

A sum­mary of the re­sponses gath­ered in the on­line con­sul­ta­tion will be in­cluded in the bud­get-set­ting re­port in Fe­bru­ary, which will be dis­cussed at a meet­ing of the full coun­cil by elected mem­bers.

Ian Camp­bell, coun­cil leader, said: “It will not come as news to any­one that Perth and Kin­ross faces ma­jor fi­nan­cial chal­lenges as we head into the next fi­nan­cial year.

“Pub­lic sec­tor bud­gets are tighter than ever and there will be some hard de­ci­sions to make.”

He con­tin­ued: “The coun­cil has a good strong record of pru­dent fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, which has been recog­nised by ex­ter­nal au­di­tors over a num­ber of years.

“How­ever, de­mand for ser­vices has con­tin­ued to in­crease across the board, and it is im­por­tant to look at how these are be­ing de­liv­ered while man­ag­ing re­duc­ing bud­gets.

“I would urge as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to take the time to fill in the on­line sur­vey to make sure that your views are taken into ac­count when the coun­cil meets to agree the bud­get next year.”

The on­line sur­vey can be ac­cessed via www.pkc.gov.uk/bud­get

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