Liberal Democrat-led South Somerset District Council votes to reduce Council Tax.
At the Annual Budget Meeting of the Liberal Democrat-led South Somerset District Council councillors voted to reduce its share of Council Tax for South Somerset residents by 1.99% after five years of freezing the level at £150.74 annual charge per Band D property.
This now means that the average Band D property Council Tax Level for 2015/16 is just £147.75, cheaper than six years ago in 2009/10 when it was £147.78.
Despite having one of the lowest levels of spending power in England, the Liberal Democrat-led SSDC has managed to find savings of almost £5.4 million over the last four years with a further £1.1 million planned for 2015/16.
At South Somerset District Council's Full Council meeting, the budget for 2015/16 was also set. The budget includes:
- No increases to car park charges which were last increased in 2012;
- Additional resources for local Economic Development;
- Funding for CCTV cameras for the Princes Street underpass;
- £522k for new capital projects.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Ric Pallister, Leader of the Council, commented, "Despite the ongoing financial pressures on Local Government and the future uncertainties, this budget demonstrates our confidence that South Somerset's strong financial position, sound management and innovative approach to making savings whilst preserving services to the public, is paying off. It is right and proper that residents benefit when we are able, providing those front line services can be maintained and that our sound financial position is not compromised now or in the foreseeable future".
Council Tax bills will start to be delivered to households early-to-mid March.