Budget and council tax agreed
Council tax for the borough to remain one of the lowest in Surrey
Council tax increase of 11p per week
No services cuts despite external financial challenges
Ongoing investment in the borough’s future to continue
The council set its budget for 2019/20 earlier this week
In setting the budget, councillors have agreed a 2.99% increase to council tax (borough council portion) – this is the equivalent of 11p per week for the average band D property* and council tax for this borough remains below the average for Surrey.
The budget was set in the climate of ongoing Government reductions in council funding plus increases in the costs of the disposal of residents rubbish and recycling. Securing the budget has been achieved in part by the increase in income generated from the council’s commercial activities, but also efficiency savings of £593k in 2019/2020.
Councillor Eber Kington, Chair of the Strategy & Resources Committee, said: "We receive no Revenue Support Grant from the Government however, through efficiency savings and income generating policies, once again we have been able to produce a budget which sees no use of reserves and no cuts to services.
"Only 10% of council tax goes to the Borough Council which provides key services such as the weekly recycling service and the Community Wellbeing Centre.
"Last year we made several policy commitments to residents of this borough including continuing to keep them safe and support for our high streets. I am pleased to say that with our finances on a sound footing we will continue to prioritise both those commitments going forward".
Council tax funds three bodies, with 10% going to Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, 76% going to SCC and 14% going to Surrey Police.
*Band D is used across England as the comparator band.