Teignbridge plans Council Tax freeze
A council tax freeze, supporting housing as a top priority and backing business is at the heart of Teignbridge District Council’s forthcoming budget proposals.
Despite having to prepare for further funding reductions amid a challenging economic climate; Teignbridge is easing the burden on tax-payers by keeping Council Tax as it is.
The council is preparing to debate its budget plans for the coming financial year and will invite local comment as it moves towards a final 2013/14 to 2015/16 budget.
The initial proposals include a continued Council Tax freeze of Teignbridge’s portion of the bill, keeping the average Band D price for district council services at £150.17 for the fourth year running.
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The successful free Sunday parking scheme in Teignbridge-owned car parks in villages, towns and resorts is also set to become permanent.
The budget proposals also detail savings made by the council over the past year and planned savings in years to come.
Prudent saving means ‘general reserves’ are maintained at £1.1million.
The proposals also look to carry on with the Infrastructure Investment Fund, which is aimed at kick starting housing and economic development project. The pot of money, drawn from new developments, has already given the district a boost by providing funds for jobs and homes schemes.
Cllr Stuart Barker, Teignbridge Executive Spokesperson for Assets and Resources said: “We are still living in tough times but the proposed budget sets out a vision for maintain a zero percentage increase in Council Tax while maintaining the services that people want such as street cleaning, recycling and waste collections.
“Consultation which helps to inform the budget took place last year and it showed that litter, resources and people were among the most important. This budget reflects that.
“We are also making the free Sunday parking permanent which will give a boost to our town and village centres and attract more people in to the district.
“Teignbridge is committed to making sure our tax-payers, who are already feeling the pinch, do not face any further rises due to an increase in Council Tax. It’s something we are pleased we are able to offer, as many authorities have been forced into a very different situation.”
Consultation with local people will help shape the proposals. The budget will be opened for people to comment on after the Executive meets to discuss the proposals on 8 January 2013.
The proposals can be viewed online. Final proposals are set to be considered by the council’s ruling Executive on 14 February 2013, before the Full Council debates and approves a budget on 22 February 2012.