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Newtown could see highest rise in Council Tax

Created on 25/01/2018 @ 07:36
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Council tax bills in Newtown could rise significantly in April as Powys County Council, Dyfed Powys Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue head to confirming their budgets for 2018/19.

MyNewtown reported on Monday how Newtown Town Council has increased its budget by over 18%.

Newtown could see one of the highest increases in council tax bills in the county as next week Powys County Council’s Cabinet is expected to confirm it wants to raise its budget by five per cent, although this will have to be ratified by a full county council meeting.

Both the police and fire service are also expected to see increases.

In a report to next week’s county council cabinet meeting, it states: "The budget is underpinned by the revenue settlement received from WG which funds 70.4% of the council’s net expenditure, in addition WG and other Government departments fund activities through specific grant. The remaining net expenditure is funded by Council Tax.

"The proposal includes an increase in Council Tax of 5%, however this is not subject to approval as part of this report, as this is a matter for full council determination. However the report recommends the level of Council Tax to be included in the budget that goes to full Council on 22nd February 2018 with Council Tax setting being considered by a separate full Council on the 7th March 2018."

While the council wants to increase its budget and council tax, it still needs to find millions of pounds in savings and reduce some services.

The cabinet will met next Tuesday to discuss the budget.

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