Cabinet members agreed to the proposed recommendations and approved the medium term financial strategy and the 1.9% increase in council tax for 2013/14. They also approved additions to the capital programme proposal, which includes projects which are largely funded by central government such as the building of a new primary school in Leominster and the Yazor Brook flood alleviation scheme in Hereford.
After reviewing the results of the recent public budget consultation, cabinet also considered and approved the savings proposals identified in the councils Root and Branch Review programme of approximately £9.1 million.
Councillor Philip Price, deputy leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “This is a challenging time for the council and we have a number of difficult decisions to make to ensure we not only balance our budgets but also continue to deliver services to the county’s most vulnerable residents.”
“After freezing council tax across the county for the last two years, we have now taken the hard decision to implement a 1.9% increase for the next financial year. In real terms, this will mean a rise of £22.90 per year for a Band D property.”
The approved recommendations will now go to a full council meeting on Monday 18 February.
To read the proposal which was considered and approved by cabinet, please visit http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=251&MId=4692&Ver=4.
To view the initial feedback from the recent budget consultation, please visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/yourcommunityyoursay.