West Dorset District Council has frozen its share of the council tax for the third year in a row.
Despite reductions in its funding, the district council has agreed not to cut services for which it is responsible in 2013/14.
And, for the seventh year in a row, short stay parking charges will remain frozen.
A budget working group will also be set up to investigate further efficiencies in order to protect essential services in future years.
Leader of West Dorset District Council, Robert Gould said:
“These are tough times for local councils but through a lot of hard work, careful financial management, partnership working and other efficiencies, we have been able to make significant savings.
“For now this will allow us to protect public services and avoid passing on increased costs to local residents.”
“Going forward however we are expecting further significant funding cuts and the new budget working group will be looking for ways in which the council can adapt to the reduction in its resources.”
The district council’s share of the council tax for a Band D property in 2013/14 is £124.80. This represents eight per cent of the total bill.
The council tax bill that local people receive also includes charges from Dorset County Council, Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and their town or parish council if it makes a charge.
The shared services partnership between West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council is now saving £2.1 million a year. A joint workforce delivers services for both councils.
To read the full budget report and other papers for the meeting of the Full Council on 26 February 2013 go to: http://www.dorsetforyou.com/407656
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