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New council budget gets more support towards being adopted

A £5 a year increase in council tax from Arun District Council has moved a step closer for residents.


The Lib Dem-run council’s cabinet agreed on Monday to unanimously back its budget for the year which starts in April.


The proposed budget will be debated by all councillors next Wednesday before the final set of figures is agreed.


The intended increase will see Arun’s share of the bill for a band D property owner rise by 2.73 per cent to £186.57 annually.


It will be the first time a budget has been set by Lib Dem councillors since Arun was formed in 1974.


Cllr Dr James Walsh, Arun’s leader, said: “We can be very pleased with this first budget of the new administration in that it preserves all the existing services that the council previously provided but also makes provision for new services.”


Proposed schemes such as work on the Fitzleet multi-storey car park were also included, he said, as well as investments in services like public toilets, play areas and The Arcade in Bognor Regis.


Council group head of corporate support Alan Peach said some £600,000 would need to be taken from balances.

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