Council Wants Public View on Tax Hike

Dudley residents have just weeks left to voice their opinion on plans to increase council tax by up to almost 5%. 

Council bosses have outlined plans to make £4m of savings during 2018/19, but have also proposed extra money for key services.

To fund the investments, the council will increase council tax rates.

A public consultation, which runs until 26th January, gives residents the option of a total increase in council tax of 2.99%, 3.99%, or 4.99%.

Cllr Steve Clark, Dudley Council’s cabinet member for finance, said that more than 1,200 borough residents “have already told us what they think but there’s still time for people to have their say.

“This is such an important issue and it is vital we look at how we are going to invest in services for some of the most vulnerable people in this borough.

“The consultation is simple to complete but could have such a huge impact on people who rely on these services.”

The consultation is open to borough residents and can be completed here. Hard copies are available at local libraries and leisure centres.

The results of the consultation will be announced on 8th February next year before a final decision is made on 26th February.

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