Tough budget decisions to be made

At their meeting on Wednesday 15 November, Winchester City Council bosses will present the first clear look at how next years Council Tax bills will turn out.

Cllr George Beckett, Leader of the Council said, "this is a very tough task, just providing enough money for the new things the Government says we have to do next year would mean a ten percent rise in Council Tax if we didn't try to save money elsewhere.

"We're determined that we will ask tax payers for an increase only in line with the rate of inflation, but still have as many people cutting grass, emptying bins and dealing with your planning applications, in other words maintain the service to the public

"That means looking really hard at the way we do some of the things that you don't see, and doing more with the same amount

"After a lot of hard work from teams across the council we are beginning to see the way through"

The Cabinet papers can be viewed from the following link Cabinet 15 November 2006