Freeze on North Devon’s council tax

District council is proposing not to increase its share of the council tax revenue for 2012/2013.

NORTH Devon Council is proposing to freeze its council tax for the coming year.

The recommendation is being put forward by the council’s Executive on Tuesday (February 7,) where members are due to hear the latest financial forecast for 2011-12 and the council’s expected position as it goes into 2012-13.

“As with everyone else in this current economic climate, the council has had to make some difficult financial decisions,” said Council Leader, Councillor Brian Greenslade.

“In the last financial year, we reduced our net budget by �1.9 million, and we’ve identified further potential savings and other measures to plug the �1.4m gap in the council’s budget for 2012-13.

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“So, despite facing grant cutbacks from central government, we are able to balance the district’s budget for the next financial year, without the need to increase what residents pay to North Devon Council in council tax.”

Meanwhile, at the same meeting, executive members are also set to agree a recommendation that other charges, such as car parking, remain at the same levels as agreed for 2011-12.

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The recommendations will then be put to Full Council on February 22, when the council tax levels for 2012-13 will be confirmed.

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