B&NES plans to freeze council tax for fourth year

Published on: 06 Feb 2014

Bath and North East Somerset Council has revealed it intends to freeze council tax and off-street parking charges for the fourth year running.

The Liberal Democrat-run administration has unveiled its budget proposals for the year 2014/15, which also include an extra £2 million to improve road surfaces, £1 million for the Green Investment & Job Opportunities Fund, £500,000 for play areas and an £89 million investment in regeneration projects. 

Council leader Councillor Paul Crossley (Lib-Dem, Southdown) said: “The Cabinet will continue to prioritise community improvements that will create economic growth in the years to come.

“The Bath City of Ideas Enterprise Area, regeneration of Keynsham town centre and rejuvenation of the Somer Valley towns are mouth-watering opportunities that the Cabinet is striving to achieve to deliver new homes, new jobs and greater prosperity for people.”

Under the plan, the early years budget would also face a reduced savings target of £1.8 million instead of £2.3 million and there would be an extra £220,000 for the upgrade of a number of public toilets.

The 2014/15 budget will debated by the full council on February 18 and the proposals on how taxpayers’ cash will be spent can be viewed in full at www.bathnes.gov.uk/budget2014.

While B&NES Council is freezing council tax, householders in Keynsham will still see slightly higher bills in 2014/15 after Keynsham Town Council raised its precept by 3.5 per cent at its January meeting – representing a £1.99 per year rise for a Band D property.

The move came amid uncertainty over the future of funding for town councils as local authorities such as B&NES are given more control by central government over the way they allocate their budgets.

Motions for a five per cent increase and a freeze failed to win a majority during the debate.

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