Council tax rise confirmed to pay for 2018/19 spending plans

Council tax rise confirmed to pay for 2018/19 spending plans

by | Feb 21, 2018 | Essex News

Braintree Council’s spending plans for the coming year have been approved by councillors. Around £1.6 million of funding has been allocated for specific projects like refreshing play equipment, replacing waste vehicles and improving cultural facilities.

Further cash is set to be given to bigger infrastructure projects in the next year, such as £1.6million for the Manor Street redevelopment. An average household will pay £4.95 more per year to pay for the spending plans – a rise of just under three per cent – the third year in a row of a near maximum increase being implemented by the council. The council claims it must increase council tax because of the anticipated £2.5 million central government funding reduction in 2020.

Leader of Braintree Council Graham Butland said: “Our three guiding principles in setting the budget are to protect services for residents, increase efficiency and find new ways of raising income and to invest in capital schemes which will enable the district to continue to grow“.

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