Council proposes lowest ever council tax increase

DEVON County Council's Executive has proposed the lowest increase in Council Tax in the council's history. If approved at a meeting of full council week tomorrow (Thursday, February 19), the 2.89 per cent increase would be the lowest since the County Coun

DEVON County Council's Executive has proposed the lowest increase in Council Tax in the council's history.If approved at a meeting of full council week tomorrow (Thursday, February 19), the 2.89 per cent increase would be the lowest since the County Council started operating in April 1998.The increase would see the county council's share of the Council Tax representing �1,094.67 for Band D properties. Leader of the council, Cllr Brian Greenslade said the proposed budget reflected the solid, stable, dependable nature of the council."It leaves us able to respond well to the sorts of unexpected incidents that we have encountered this last week," he said."The local economy is a priority for us, and we are doing every thing we can to support it in these difficult times. "I would like to thank all of those people who have taken part in our budget consultation, which has resulted in some very well attended meetings which have been very helpful in helping us reach our priority decisions." Over the past three years the council has cut costs through efficiencies by �37.6million. In the coming year, it hopes to achieve further savings of more than �20m.


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