Despite the continuing squeeze on council finances by the Government, Horsham District Council says it is once again proposing to keep Council Tax at a level that does not exceed retail price inflation.
In a statement HDC says it has the lowest Council Tax levels in West Sussex.
The statement adds that the council’s continuing focus is on new ways to deliver services, “looking at returns on investment, resources, expertise and income generation”.
“In particular, this includes making better use of technology, giving residents more modern ways to interact with us.”
The council has also confirmed that it will be investing some £15m to upgrade and improve infrastructure and assets across the district.
In its plans for 2019 and beyond, the council says that it intends to set a balanced budget for the next four years.
The four year period is reviewed as part of the council’s annual budget setting process.
Its purpose is to set a budget for the financial year starting in April 2019 and also show that it has sufficient surplus to achieve a balanced budget over the next four years.
The statement says that in the coming year, the proposals are that Council Tax is kept to the Cabinet’s commitment that any rise does not exceed the level of retail price inflation.
This keeps Horsham District in the lowest 20% Council Tax band of all councils in the entire country.
Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets, Brian Donnelly said: “Against a background of ongoing cost pressures, large reductions in government funding, and high levels of uncertainty from the future of business rates, the Council continues to progress its ambitions for the District.
“It has carefully controlled its level of Council Tax and maintained delivery of services whilst living within its means.”