Have your say on Northampton Borough Council’s proposed 2017/18 budget
Northampton Borough Council is asking people to share their views on the proposed budget for 2017/18.
The budget proposals include the first increase in the Borough’s council tax for five years alongside plans to invest almost £14 million in major infrastructure projects.
The Borough Council has set out an Efficiency Plan, which has been approved by the Government, to ensure that the budget can continue to be balanced over the next four years. The Plan will see the Borough Council focus on economic growth, closer partnerships with other authorities to make savings and using council-owned assets to generate income.
Councillor Brandon Eldred, cabinet member for finance at Northampton Borough Council, said: “Over the last few years we have carried out thorough reviews of the Council’s services and management costs and have budgeted very prudently. That has protected our services from the need to make major savings but we do have to take into account major new areas of expenditure so after careful consideration, we are suggesting an increase in council tax.
“The proposed increase is less than 10p a week for band D households. We are proposing the increase because we need to make sure that we can continue to invest in the town’s infrastructure and core services to ensure that our economy continues to grow at the pace it has been doing in recent years. “
The consultation will be open from Thursday 15 December until 31 January 2017. Visit www.northampton.gov.uk/budget2017 to read the draft budget proposal and share your views.
You can also join Northampton Borough Council at a public meeting at the Guildhall from 6pm on Thursday 12 January 2017.