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Dorset Cabinet Back Council Tax Rise

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12:08pm 4th February 2014

Your council tax is a step closer to going UP in Dorset.

Proposals to increase the fee by 1.99% next year was signed off by the County Council's Cabinet yesterday (Monday 3rd February).

It's a rise of 44p per week for a band D property, that's a total of 22 pounds 88 a year.

Proposals will now go before Full Council next week (Thursday 13th February) Where it will be discussed in more detail before a final decision is made.

If the Council tax increase is agreed for next year it'll be the first rise issued by Dorset County in 4 years.

Cllr Robert Gould, Cabinet member for corporate resources, introduced the report and called the increase "modest rise";

"Although we are still waiting for the Government's confirmation of the referendum limits, this increase should be below that value.

"I am confident that the basis for the budget is sound and that it will support the council for the substantial challenges that we face in the future.

"This is a modest increase to help us change the way we serve our residents."

The Cabinet also recommended that the budget strategy is considered by the full council in February. This plan lays out the savings that need to be made in the next three financial years (£43.3m).

Cllr Spencer Flower, leader of the county council, said:

"There are a lot of unknowns in the next few years. But we do know that we need to change the way we provide services to the residents of Dorset. By transforming rather than cutting services and with good financial management we will meet the challenges head on."

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