Council tax to rise by 3.5pc
9:50am Thursday 21st February 2013 in News
Residents in Bury face a 3.5 per cent council tax rise.
And part of the council ranger service will be saved, under plans revealed at Bury’s Council’s budget meeting last night.
Rents for Six Town Housing tenants are also set to increase by an average of 4.1 per cent.
Council leader Mike Connolly last night unveiled the extent of the budget costs and cuts at Bury town hall, for which savings of around £10.4 million had to be made for 2013/14.
Two ranger posts will be saved, with a view to being self-funded in 2014/15, and there will be no cuts to the street cleaning service.
Previous proposals had threatened the loss of all eight ranger posts.
Cllr Connolly said: “Following our Plan for Change consultation, we have listened to what people have said. We are keeping two ranger posts to deal with volunteers and income generation.
“We recognise the strength of feeling and the valuable work they do.”
The 3.5 per cent council tax rise - which includes the levies for police, fire, waste and transport - is the first increase in three years and on a par with some other Greater Manchester authorities, such as neighbouring Bolton.
Cllr Connolly continued: “By setting this council tax figure, we are protecting services and protecting the budget from service cuts.
“We are working in line with the guidelines of the Department for Communities and Local Government as outlined by Eric Pickles.”
The proposed tax hike will mean Band A residents currently paying £971 will rise to £1005: an extra £34 per year.
For Band D, it will rise from £1,456 to £1,507: an increase of £51 per year.
He also urged people to support the “Fair Deal for Bury” campaign as the council already faces further cuts in excess of seven per cent for next year.
Cllr Connolly added: “Bury is disadvantaged by the formula worked out by the Government, and all we are calling for is some equanimity and to be treated fairly. Bury people should not have to suffer bigger cuts than others.”