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Call for council tax freeze from Bracknell residents

Published: 12 Dec 2013 09:300 comments

BRACKNELL residents are set to see their council tax frozen for a fourth consecutive year.

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In its draft budget for 2014/15, Bracknell Forest Council has said it plans to keep the tax at its current level.

Cllr Paul Bettison, leader of Bracknell Forest Council, says: “This budget is as much about investing for the long-term future of the borough, as it is about increasing efficiencies.

“Our capital spending proposals include £2m for highways schemes to progress town centre regeneration, another £2.3m on affordable homes and more than £8m to provide much needed school places.

Cllr Alan Ward, executive member for transformation and finance, added: “Though we are yet to be told exactly how the level of central Government support will affect our financial position, we are proud to be able to protect our residents and pledge to freeze Council Tax for the fourth year running.”

Specific consultation on the budget proposals will take place with parish councils, business ratepayers, the Over 50s Forum and voluntary organisations, as well as scrutiny forums.

The budget is now open to a six-week public consultation. To view the proposals, visit http://consult.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/public/finance/budget/budget_14-15

Comments can also be sent to the Borough Treasurer at corporate.finance@bracknell-forest.gov.uk or write to the Borough Treasurer, Bracknell Forest Council, Easthampstead House, Town Square, Bracknell RG12 1AQ.

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