Council looks for £5 per year increase in Council Tax

Reductions in the grant provided by Central Government will force Amber Valley Borough Council to consider a 3.3% increase in its Council Tax when it meets on 1 March.

The rise, if approved, equates to £5 per year for residents living in Band D properties and would be the first rise in the Borough Council’s element of the Council Tax for seven years.

The rise, which represents less than 10p per week for Band D residents, has been made necessary by the need to find £2.4m in savings before April 2018, because of the cuts in Central Government funding.

Commented Leader of Amber Valley Borough Council, Cllr Kevin Buttery: “Although the Council has been extremely prudent over the past 12 months and made savings of £1.2m, we still need to be looking to maximise income and reduce costs wherever we can. We hope local residents will understand the position we are in and feel the small increase is justified to protect frontline services.”

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