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VOTE: Councillors back tax rise
9:04am Tuesday 19th February 2013 in News
COUNCILLORS have agreed to back a near two per cent rise in council tax from April.
At a meeting on Monday, they supported a 1.98 per cent increase - which adds up to £22.50 a year for the average band D property.
Clr Russ Bowden, executive member for corporate resources and assignments, has been running the budget process.
He says the borough is one of the lowest funded of the 124 metropolitan and unitary authorities in England receiving £1,739 per household compared to Liverpool’s £2,623 per household.
And he said the council was committed to ensuring it protected the most vulnerable in society.
He added: "Once again Warrington will be disproportionately affected by central cuts to grants.
“In setting this budget elected members and officers have worked very closely together to make as many of the necessary savings as possible through stamping out inefficiencies, reorganising services, using our buying power to secure better deals and by generating more income for the council.
“However, the stark truth is we have done much of this already.”
The budget will be finalised at the next full council meeting in March.