Council tax set to rise as Warrington councillors decide on £16.2 million in savings

Warrington Guardian: Council tax set to rise as Warrington councillors decide on £16.2 million in savings Council tax set to rise as Warrington councillors decide on £16.2 million in savings

COUNCILLORS have warned of more cuts and a council tax rise as they look to plug a £16.2 million gap in funding for 2014/15.


The council’s executive board was given the base of the council budget for the next financial year which includes up to 75 job losses and service redesigns to help save money.


But it still has plans to invest in schemes including loans to households for energy efficiency works, investment in the crazy golf course at Walton Hall Gardens and funding for new community facilities.


Clr Russ Bowden, executive board member for corporate resources and assignments, said: “We have some £16.2 million worth of savings bearing in mind it comes on top of £50 million savings in previous years.


“That £16.2 million is only part of £50 million worth of savings we need to make over the next four years.


“We are looking at opportunities for income to mitigate the impact on some resources and decisions on service cuts.”


Council tax looks set to rise by 1.98 per cent as the council decided not to take on Government funding to pay for a freeze - a scheme the council also turned down last year saying the money paid out would not be enough.


“We decided last year it wasn’t in our interest to take the one per cent council tax loan due to that ever decreasing funding from Government and we take that view again this year,” added Clr Bowden.

The budget will be voted on by full council on March 3.
 

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5:22pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

So a rise that, again, is just short of the percentage that would trigger a referendum.
So a rise that, again, is just short of the percentage that would trigger a referendum. Nick Tessla

5:24pm Thu 13 Feb 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Crazy golf course but no Dial a ride are you serious and all the money WBC waste on stupid parks recently! Is WBC run by children or Michael Jackson? You expect us to pay for your spending sprees and expect us to be happy with you standing there with your spade with a bit of dirt on it. The only thing you pair have lifted lately was a glass of expensive wine paid for by the contractors. Disgusted with this council.
And what about my bloody fence panel no one cares.
Still Grumpy
Crazy golf course but no Dial a ride are you serious and all the money WBC waste on stupid parks recently! Is WBC run by children or Michael Jackson? You expect us to pay for your spending sprees and expect us to be happy with you standing there with your spade with a bit of dirt on it. The only thing you pair have lifted lately was a glass of expensive wine paid for by the contractors. Disgusted with this council. And what about my bloody fence panel no one cares. Still Grumpy GRUMPY PARENT

5:39pm Thu 13 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
Crazy golf course but no Dial a ride are you serious and all the money WBC waste on stupid parks recently! Is WBC run by children or Michael Jackson? You expect us to pay for your spending sprees and expect us to be happy with you standing there with your spade with a bit of dirt on it. The only thing you pair have lifted lately was a glass of expensive wine paid for by the contractors. Disgusted with this council.
And what about my bloody fence panel no one cares.
Still Grumpy
They are now in a budget consultation period and I am sure if you can get a copy you ill be able to comment, however will they, (the Warrington Borough councillors), listen?
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: Crazy golf course but no Dial a ride are you serious and all the money WBC waste on stupid parks recently! Is WBC run by children or Michael Jackson? You expect us to pay for your spending sprees and expect us to be happy with you standing there with your spade with a bit of dirt on it. The only thing you pair have lifted lately was a glass of expensive wine paid for by the contractors. Disgusted with this council. And what about my bloody fence panel no one cares. Still Grumpy[/p][/quote]They are now in a budget consultation period and I am sure if you can get a copy you ill be able to comment, however will they, (the Warrington Borough councillors), listen? SAC_in_Warrington

7:52pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Mick17 says...

Well said all above.
Well said all above. Mick17

10:17pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Karlar says...

We need see the details of the Council's £1.2 million profligacy on a local park which they failed to manage and maintain, as they do with many of WBC assets alongside their proposals for this year's council tax increases.
We need see the details of the Council's £1.2 million profligacy on a local park which they failed to manage and maintain, as they do with many of WBC assets alongside their proposals for this year's council tax increases. Karlar

8:44am Fri 14 Feb 14

Freeborn John says...

While all this is going on, are WBC still touting for partners in grand schemes like a new railway station, and have they got any more expensive gleams in their eye?
Under the circumstances I think they should stop buying nice things for a bit.
While all this is going on, are WBC still touting for partners in grand schemes like a new railway station, and have they got any more expensive gleams in their eye? Under the circumstances I think they should stop buying nice things for a bit. Freeborn John

8:46am Fri 14 Feb 14

comwgn says...

vote the councillors out
get rid of overpaid chief exec and henchmen
No council officer should be paid more than £90000

Cut out waste like useless congestion traffic lights, stupid spend on 20mph replace grass with tarmac esp along poplars avenue
cut buses that are not cost efficient
replace planning department people with a more savvy set to stop waste on legal fees for insane projects
merge planning with highways to stop developers developing without paying for infrastructure.
etc etc
get rid of a third of useless councillors
no councillor should be able to stand for more than three terms
vote the councillors out get rid of overpaid chief exec and henchmen No council officer should be paid more than £90000 Cut out waste like useless congestion traffic lights, stupid spend on 20mph replace grass with tarmac esp along poplars avenue cut buses that are not cost efficient replace planning department people with a more savvy set to stop waste on legal fees for insane projects merge planning with highways to stop developers developing without paying for infrastructure. etc etc get rid of a third of useless councillors no councillor should be able to stand for more than three terms comwgn

11:24am Fri 14 Feb 14

Karlar says...

You have underestimated by a long way the number of councillors who are not fit for purpose. Your proposal the remainder should only have a shelf life of three terms in office is good.
You have underestimated by a long way the number of councillors who are not fit for purpose. Your proposal the remainder should only have a shelf life of three terms in office is good. Karlar

10:18am Sat 15 Feb 14

old-codger says...

Karlar wrote:
You have underestimated by a long way the number of councillors who are not fit for purpose. Your proposal the remainder should only have a shelf life of three terms in office is good.
Hear Hear,
[quote][p][bold]Karlar[/bold] wrote: You have underestimated by a long way the number of councillors who are not fit for purpose. Your proposal the remainder should only have a shelf life of three terms in office is good.[/p][/quote]Hear Hear, old-codger

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