Harrogate residents have their say on council tax

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North Yorkshire residents are being given extra time to share their views in the County Council’s annual budget consultation.

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) has extended its online consultation by a week to Monday, January 20, because it is keen to hear from as many people as possible.

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NYCC leader, Coun Carl Les, said: “This is residents’ chance to influence our budget decisions. We want people to share their views on whether we should increase council tax and, if so, by how much. It is important people have their say and that we hear them.

North Yorkshire County Council Leader, Coun Carl Les.North Yorkshire County Council Leader, Coun Carl Les.
North Yorkshire County Council Leader, Coun Carl Les.

“Executive members will meet on February 4 to make budget recommendations to the full council meeting later in the month. We want to be able to consider as wide a public response as possible before making those recommendations.”

Residents can take part in the budget consultation online at www.northyorks.gov.uk/yourservicesyoursay

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Coun Les added: “By 2020, the county council will have around 40p less out of every £1 to spend than in 2010. This is both as a result of decreased central funding and a significant increase in demand for services.

“Every year we spend £255m on adult social care and public health, £107m on children and young people, £39m on highways and £50m on waste disposal. 47 per cent of our £529m budget now comes from council tax to pay for these and many other vital services.

“With uncertainty around future funding and the wider economy, we need to decide whether we increase council tax and, if so, by how much.”

By the end of this year, the council will have made savings of £172.9m over ten years.

It still needs to make an additional £24.8m of savings by the end of 2021/22.