Despite further reductions in central Government funding, Basildon Council has announced an ambitious budget with a council tax freeze and a number of new investments for the local community (Full Council, 19 February).
The council tax freeze is the fifth in succession following a reduction meaning tax payers are now paying less than they were in 2010/11.
The budget also has funding allocated fora range of works to be undertaken in the Billericay area.
The council plans to invest £120,000 on repaving works in Billericay High Street and £100,000 on the popular Hannakins Farm Community Centre to repair its roof.
The council has also committed to reviewing the conversion of street and off-street lighting to LED lighting in the borough.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Phil Turner, leader of Basildon Council"]Local authorities are still being squeezed and residents are still feeling the pinch. This is why we are freezing council tax again and remaining ambitious by investing in what is important to local people.[/quote]
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Councillor Stuart Sullivan, cabinet member for resources"]By maintaining our financial prudence and ensuring we continue to make efficiencies we are continuing to be financially secure and therefore in a position where we can invest in our communities and protect the tax payer from austerity. There is great uncertainty regarding our future levels of funding and we must therefore continue to be flexible and respond to whatever changes come our way.[/quote]
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