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Herefordshire Council tax hike despite savings
7:00am Tuesday 12th February 2013 in News
HEREFORDSHIRE Council’s cabinet has backed a 1.9 per cent council tax rise that takes the average annual bill close to £1,300.
Cabinet was told the increase had to be set against the toughest budget test the council has faced yet, a prospect set to be repeated year-on-year for some time to come.
A final vote on the rise will be taken by the full council on February 18.
The council faces a £5.45 million (6.9 per cent) cut in funding from central government over 2013/14.
Though the proposed budget behind the 1.9 per cent rise is intended to meet this shortfall – and other financial pressures – more savings will need to be made in future years as the Government grant is reduced further.