Adur councillors agree budget for 2019/20
Released: Friday, 01 March 2019
Adur District Council has agreed a 2.97% increase in council tax for 2019/20 as councillors approved a balanced budget.
The rise, which equates to an increase of 17p a week per household, means a Band D property will pay £299.43 towards district council services next year - the equivalent of £5.76 a week. Councillors also approved the continuation of a council tax benefit scheme meaning those on the lowest incomes are exempt from paying rates.
Papers presented to councillors at a meeting last night (Thursday February 28th, 2019) explained how, with the government reducing funding to the council by 12 per cent in the next financial year, the authority continues to move towards a 'self-funding' model.
Along with the commercialisation of services, a wide-ranging digital transformation programme and strategic property investment to generate income, a majority of councillors agreed they had to vote to increase rates to ensure a balanced budget.
Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said:
“We are all aware of the financial challenges facing this council but I have never allowed that to curb our ambitions.”
“This includes our ambition to see investment across the district, our ambition to work with partners to address homelessness while building homes, and our ambition to ensure we are making a positive contribution to protecting our environment for future generations.”
“This budget furthers that ambition, while taking prudent and responsible steps that protect the services our communities value.”
Included in spending plans for the next year include extra funding for homelessness (£270,000) and a major refurbishment programme of Adur Homes properties.
Funding will also be provided to continue major investment schemes, such as the building of new council houses; the regeneration of the western harbour arm of Shoreham Port; and the installation of gigabit broadband to residents and businesses across the district.
The budget also allocates funding to invest in open spaces and playgrounds (£365,000), refurbish public conveniences (£150,000) and grants to support community and arts groups across the district.
In addition to the district council increase (£5.88 a year - Band D household), the office of the county's Police and Crime Commissioner has increased bills by 14.2 per cent (£24 a year - Band D) while West Sussex County Council had increased its bill by 4.99 per cent (£66 a year - Band D) taking its annual total to £1,384 a year.
Taxpayers in both Lancing and Sompting will also pay an additional sum which will go towards their parish councils.
All increases come into effect from 1st April 2019.
Photo: Adur DC approved its budget for 2019-20 at its meeting this week
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