Horsham District Council’s cabinet members will consider the proposed budget for 2018-19 at next week’s Cabinet Meeting (25 January), before recommending to full Council for approval on 21 February 2018.
The budget report recommends that the level of council tax increases by £5 a year, from £140.60 to £145.60 for a Band D rated property. Notwithstanding ongoing Government cuts, and pressures on council finances, Horsham District residents will continue to benefit from the lowest Council Tax in West Sussex, if the budget is approved.
The Council will continue to focus on delivering all its existing services through a mixture of productivity improvements, income generation, and various other efficiency measures.
The budget includes £229,000 of grants to voluntary groups, the largest being £94,000 to Citizens Advice.
The capital programme for 2018/19 is £24.3 million. The majority of this has already been approved in preceding years, for expenditure on such things as the new leisure centre at Broadbridge Heath and, more recently, the redevelopment of Piries Place car park in Horsham town. There are also fourteen new schemes totalling £1.8m.
Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets, Cllr Brian Donnelly, said: “I am pleased that despite the disappearance of the revenue support grant from central Government, we have been able to maintain our pledge of not increasing council tax by more than inflation and we continue to have the lowest Council Tax in West Sussex. In the coming year, we will continue our programme of investment to enable the Council to become entirely self-financing, and I am pleased to note that this budget reflects significant areas of income growth from the property investment fund.
“At a time when the pressure on local authority finances remains as great as ever, it is commendable that the Council is delivering as strong a budget as this and we continue to invest in projects that make our district one of the best places to live in the country.”