Council tax freeze set to be agreed
Residents are set to see a freeze on the Harborough Council portion of their council tax bill.
The authority’s executive committee recommended the freeze at its meeting on Monday.
If given the go-ahead by full council tomorrow night (Thursday), it will mean the council’s portion of the bill will remain at the same level it has been for the last four years.
The council said £1.8m of savings made in the last three years had contributed to the move.
They have been made as part of the council’s Transformation project, which is looking to save at least £3 million over the next five years by changing the way the council works.
The programme includes the redevelopment of the former council offices in Adam and Eve Street to include new rental space for offices and shops, improvements to the Market Hall to increase productivity and changes to the bin collections service which, alone, is saving about £200,000 per year.
Council leader Michael Rook said: “Despite getting less money from the Government annually, we have worked hard not to pass this burden on to the taxpayer and by seeking more-efficient ways of working, restructuring and making the best use of our buildings, we are making savings and creating new revenue sources which weren’t available to us before.
“The projects we have invested in over the last year, and the ones we will be investing in over the coming months, all result in further savings for the council and taxpayer.
“This ‘invest-to-save’ approach means efficiencies will continue year-on-year and has allowed us to once again freeze council tax which I know will be welcomed by residents during these tough economic times.”
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