The council faces a £868,000 reduction in its central government funding next year following a £1.3 million reduction this year, all as part of national deficit reduction efforts.
Council leader Bob Standley said: “We have carefully managed the council’s finances, and been successful in freezing the Wealden council tax for a number of years.
“Wealden’s share of the council tax is approximately 10%, and the proposed increase of £5 a year for a Band D household is an increase of 9.6 pence a week. The council is also seeking additional savings of £1 million over the next five years to achieve a balanced budget in 2020/21.
“Infrastructure investment in the district is also being provided by the Community Infrastructure Levy paid by developers. The New Homes Bonus paid by the Government, of which 20% goes to the county council, is also used for infrastructure delivery.
“Many councils have used the New Homes Bonus for day-to-day spending but, given its longer term funding is not guaranteed, Wealden has allocated it to capital projects.”
Cabinet has agreed to go out to consultation about the proposed increase – the equivalent of £5 a year for an average Band D Wealden property – with stakeholders.
The consultation will be available on the Council’s website, search under Consultation Diary. A final decision on the Wealden council tax will be made at the meeting of full council on February 22, 2017.
East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue and local parish and town councils set their own council tax rates each year which are collected on their behalf by Wealden District Council.
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