New Forest freezes council tax for another year
Release date: 28 February 2012
New Forest District Council has frozen its council tax and for the second year running, there will be no increase.
The decision, agreed by members at the full council meeting last night (February 27), is intended to ease the financial burden on local taxpayers during the current economic downturn.
It is hoped that the unchanged levy will provide some assistance to residents during the coming year of celebrations with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.
New Forest District Council Leader, Cllr Barry Rickman, said: "The council is striving to ensure that its services in the New Forest are delivered at the same high level. By freezing our element of the council tax at £155.76p (Band D), we are safeguarding essential frontline services but still mindful of the predicament of local taxpayers."
The spending cuts made by local government in the past year has resulted in a tighter control on the council's budget - but this is not at the expense of the services delivered to the Forest's residents and business community.
Cllr Rickman pledged that waste collection, street cleaning, housing; community and leisure services will all continue to deliver excellent value for money.
New Forest District Council agreed a budget in 2012/13 of £19,595 million, which is £809,000 less than last year. However, Cllr Rickman said that the council had produced a "balanced budget" without the need to use any of its reserves.
The council has achieved this by reducing administrative and support activities, working in partnership with other organisations and reducing its management costs. It will continue to review its services and policies to achieve the same high levels of delivery in the future.