Council tax in Caerphilly County Borough set to rise by 3.9%
Council tax in Caerphilly County Borough is set to rise by 3.9% after senior councillors approved the authority’s budget for next year.
At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday February 4, councillors also agreed to that meals on wheels prices would go up by 50p per meal and recycling centres would close for one day each week.
Original plans were for an increase on £1 on the cost of meals on wheels and that civic amenity sites would close for two days, but these were reconsidered after feedback from residents as part of a consultation.
Other budget proposals dropped include a 10p increase at pay and display car parks, the introduction of parking charges on a Sunday, and the removal of an Environmental Health Officer post
The council has to make £12 million in cuts in 2015/16 and said more savings will have to be made over the next three years.
The cabinet is also proposing a small ‘match-funding’ scheme of £25,000 to retain projects such as the Bargoed Ice rink and the popular ‘Bands in the Park’ events programme. This fund will only be used where local partners, such as community councils, are able to contribute to the events.
Cllr Barbara Jones, Deputy Leader of Council, said: “We have listened to the views of local people as a result of our extensive budget consultation and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to get involved.
“We have agreed that some of the proposals are withdrawn completely and some are amended to reflect the views raised by residents. We value the importance of meaningful consultation and it is clear that local people have helped shaped their services in the future.”
The budget proposals will now be considered at a meeting of Full Council on Wednesday February 25, when members will be asked to approve the final budget for 2015/16.
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