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Debate on tax

A proposed four per cent rise in council tax is to be debated by West Sussex county councillors next week.

 

The potential increase has been included in the council’s budget for the coming year.

 

It will be reviewed by the cabinet members of the council on Tuesday.

 

After that, it will be debated by the full council on February 14.

 

The draft budget includes details of investment in areas which need improvement. They include £12m for children’s services and £2.6m to improve the fire and rescue service.

 

Cllr Jeremy Hunt, the council’s cabinet member for finance, said the local authority was facing a huge demand for its services at the same time as it had suffered significant cuts in its government funding in the past ten years.

 

“In West Sussex, we have been clear that we have some real challenges in service delivery that we need to address and future investment is a big part of that.

 

“The draft papers present a balanced position for the coming year but also highlight a substantial budget gap of £45m over the coming three years.

 

“To help alleviate pressures on our coming revenue budget, our £712m five-year capital programme includes more ‘invest to save’ schemes and further plans to invest in our successful income generating initiaties such as energy solar farms and battery storage projects.”

 

The meetings can be watched online at: westsussex.publici.tv/core/portal/home

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