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Council Tax Frozen by Ryedale Council

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2:27pm 27th February 2013

Council tax isn't going up in Ryedale or Selby.

But Ryedale Council needs to save £826,000 next year and Selby Council has to save £620,000 in 2013/14.

Paul Cresswell, Corporate Director for Ryedale District Council presented the Councils Financial Strategy and Revenue Budget at a Full Council meeting held in Ryedale House, Malton.

He highlighted:

  • No increase in Ryedale’s part of the council tax for the fourth consecutive year
  • No use of reserves to balance the budget
  • Reduced risk in the budget
  • No compulsory redundancies
  • Plans to use the New Homes Bonus to support jobs and the economy  in 2013/2014 – not using it to support the Council’s running costs.

“We are in a very strong financial position which is better than most District Councils and provide good services. This is thanks to continuous efforts of our staff to maximise efficiencies for the Council and focus on our residents,” said Mr Cresswell.

“There are more difficult years of austerity to come but the Council has already started to prepare for these to minimise the impact on the services we provide”.

Cllr Linda Cowling, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said: “We are in a very strong position thanks to prudent planning and fundamental changes to the way our staff deliver services.

“There are more tough times ahead but we are in a much better starting position than many.”

Members of Ryedale District Council approved:

  • A revenue budget for 2013/14 of £7,173,400.
  • No increase in council tax for the Ryedale District Council Tax of £176.72 for a band D property
  • A capital programme totalling £9,252,000 over the period 2013 – 17

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