Last chance to have your say on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council budget for next year
By kentsussex | Thursday, January 17, 2013, 09:44
The public consultation allowing Tunbridge Wells residents to have their say on the council's budget for next year ends tomorrow.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
The consultation asks people to give their views on the draft budget for 2013/14 and on the document known as the Strategic Compass which sets out the council's medium term priorities.
Citizens are also being asked to consider the draft Property Asset Management Plan - which explains how the council proposes to manage its property estate during next the financial year.
The council wrote in a statement: 'In preparing the draft budget the council has been mindful of the difficult economic climate and a reduction in government funding.
'The borough already receives one of the lowest levels of government support in the county and new funding arrangements could mean the borough will receive the lowest level of government support in Kent.
'The council has also set the target of balancing its budget without the use of reserves.
'The council has identified savings of £600,000 which it hoped would be sufficient to achieve
a balanced budget, however further proposed cuts in government funding have added to the pressure on the council's finances.
'Included in the draft budget is a proposed 1.9 per cent increase in Council Tax.
'This would add 1p a day to most Council Tax bills, making the average bill 42p per day, and would mean that Tunbridge Wells still has one of the lowest levels of Council Tax in the country.
'The council revises the Strategic Compass on an annual basis alongside the budget setting process.
'The Compass report presents a list of 24 community projects which the council is proposing to deliver in 2013/14 and the consultation asks people to say if they agree with the suggestions.
'The consultation runs until Friday 18 January 2013.'
You can view the documents and respond to the consultation here: http://consult.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/ or you can email your response to: firstname.lastname@example.org