Council tax rise for Norwich mooted as City Hall looks to make £2.3m cuts and savings
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More than £2m of cuts and savings need to be found at Norwich City Council, with families asked whether they would be prepared to pay more in council tax to protect services.
Alan Waters, Labour leader at City Hall, said the authority had made more than £28m recurring cuts and savings over the past six years.
But he said the current financial picture meant the council needed to plug a £2.3m funding gap. Potential cuts and savings have not yet been identified.
He said: 'Over the next few years we may look like a very different organisation and we want to know what kind of role people see us playing as we move into different times.'
The council has launched a survey to give people a say on what they want from the city council, as well as a possible 1.95pc increase in the share of council tax which goes to City Hall and changes to a council tax reduction scheme.
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Mr Waters said: 'We have a vision of the kind of council we will be in five years' time and the priorities we will need to have going forward. This questionnaire is an opportunity for people to tell us the important things we should be doing are.'
City councillors will meet in February to agree the budget for 2016/17, which will come into effect on April 1 next year.
The consultation, which runs until Friday, January 8, can be completed online here. Copies are also available from the customer centre in City Hall.
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Norfolk County Council has also now launched its public consultation into the 'Re-imagining Norfolk' budget proposals, which include a £123m package of savings over the next three years.
Possible cuts include to transport provision to help the elderly get to day centres, home support, museums, care packages, and road maintenance.
That consultation will run until January 14 next year. As part of it, people are asked for their views on an option to raise County Hall's share of council tax by up to 1.99pc, which would generate £6.2m.
Dan Roper, deputy leader of Norfolk County Council, urged people to make their views know: 'I hope as many people as possible decide to take part in the consultation so that we can take a well informed decision when the council meets in February.'
Results of the consultation will be considered at the council's budget meeting on February 22 next year.
The online consultation is available here.
People can also comment by emailing email@example.com