People to be asked for views on possible Norwich council tax bill increase
18:50 08 October 2014
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People in Norwich are to be asked whether they would be prepared to pay an extra seven pence council tax each week to protect services from the axe.
Norwich City Council’s controlling Labour cabinet tonight heard how the combined effects of government funding cuts, inflation and other budgetary pressures means a £1.6m funding gap has grown.
Council officers say savings can be found by generating more income and continuing to change the way the council works.
But councillors have also agreed to consult the public on whether householders would accept a 1.95pc increase on the city council’s share of the council tax.
Leader Brenda Arthur said: “We are having to consult on the council tax issue. If people say they wanted us not to look at council tax, that is another £150,000 we would have to find.”
Gail Harris, cabinet member for customer services, said: “The consultation is taken seriously by us all and we will see what people are saying.”
A number of proposals to save money are not being discussed publicly because they are commercially sensitive or affect people’s jobs.
Consultation will be carried out between October 13 and January 6 next year. The council will then draw up its budget to be agreed in February next year.
Last February, the city council agreed to a 1.95pc increase in its share of the council tax.
Council tax bills are split between city or district councils, the county and the police.
• Would you be happy to pay more in council tax? Tell us your views by writing, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.