Eastleigh civic chiefs to freeze council tax

Eastleigh council leader Keith House

Eastleigh council leader Keith House

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EASTLEIGH residents look set for another year with no increase in council tax from their local authority.

Cabinet members at Eastleigh Borough Council agreed to recommend the budget for 2014/2015, which will now go to full council tomorrow.

Members voted in favour of recommendations including a nought per cent rise in council tax and spending of £10.9m for 2014/2015 compared with an income of £10.4m.

This means the average Band D property’s borough council element of the tax for each household is £130.07, a reduction from £133.39 last year, which reflects the transfer of some services and facilities to Chandler’s Ford and Bishopstoke parish councils.

In July last year, the council announced it was freezing the amount of tax it charges residents for two years.

If fulfilled to 2016, this would mean five years of no increase.

Leader of the council Keith House had said this would mean a 12-year reduction in council tax in real terms.

Other spending plans in non-parish areas include £166,000 on open spaces, parks and recreation grounds, £44,000 on public toilets, £50,000 on cemeteries, £52,000 on children’s play areas and £7,500 on bus shelters.

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12:59pm Sun 23 Feb 14

solentsunseeker says...

But next year they'll paying to bail out the Ageas Bowl hotel fiasco!!
But next year they'll paying to bail out the Ageas Bowl hotel fiasco!! solentsunseeker
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5:11pm Sun 23 Feb 14

sburman says...

To me, this is local officials pandering to the voters and missing a few facts.

1. It was not just the banks and the government of the day that led to the financial problems of the last few years it was all of us. Borrowing money we could not really afford to repay with a live now pay later outlook.
2. If we all want good local services we have to pay for them.
3. If the local taxes do not go up in line with inflation then local services will decline.
4. We elect local officials to make difficult, sometimes unpopular decisions and not pander to the popular vote.
5. It is of no use if people moan about the lack of one service or another if we are not prepared to pay for these services. Too many people think that it is not their job in life to pay for services that help others.

PUT UP COUNCIL TAX TO MAINTAIN SERVICES.
To me, this is local officials pandering to the voters and missing a few facts. 1. It was not just the banks and the government of the day that led to the financial problems of the last few years it was all of us. Borrowing money we could not really afford to repay with a live now pay later outlook. 2. If we all want good local services we have to pay for them. 3. If the local taxes do not go up in line with inflation then local services will decline. 4. We elect local officials to make difficult, sometimes unpopular decisions and not pander to the popular vote. 5. It is of no use if people moan about the lack of one service or another if we are not prepared to pay for these services. Too many people think that it is not their job in life to pay for services that help others. PUT UP COUNCIL TAX TO MAINTAIN SERVICES. sburman
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6:03pm Sun 23 Feb 14

one in a million says...

Fib dems with one eye on 2015. We should get a reduction in eastleigh for the sub standard slopey shouldered "service" they provide while ignoring those they are meant to serve and bulldozing the countryside.
Fib dems with one eye on 2015. We should get a reduction in eastleigh for the sub standard slopey shouldered "service" they provide while ignoring those they are meant to serve and bulldozing the countryside. one in a million
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