Council leader predicts tax freeze next year

District council sets out its financial stall for the next four years.

NORTH Devon Council leader Brian Greenslade has indicated that the authority will not increase its share of the council tax in next year’s budget.

The leader’s report, due to be presented to fellow members at a full council meeting on Wednesday, also hints at a “freeze on most charges”, including basic car parking charges for the year ahead.

Cllr Greenslade’s report continues: “The only charges likely to increase are those where the rate has not been increased for a long time or where the volume demand for a particular service is high.”

The council is due to receive its final settlement figures at the end of the month and will set its budget for 2012/13 in February. The budget will also outline financial plans for the next four years.

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“With corporate and financial plans then in place for this four-year council, it will then be all about ‘delivery, delivery, delivery’,” added Cllr Greenslade.

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