Mansfield District Council Sets Out This Year’s Budget Priorities
This year’s Budget setting process at Mansfield District Council has been one of the most difficult in the last decade. The reduction to the Government Grant from £10.5m to £4m, reduced income from traditional investment sources, along with increasing demands and higher expectations of service delivery are taking their toll on the council’s finances.
In addition, there has been a further requirement to make a significant contribution to the Pension Fund required by Nottinghamshire County Council actuaries.
The authority has risen to the financial challenge it faces and once again the budget remains balanced without resorting to a Council Tax increase.
The Portfolio Holder for Resources at the district council is Roger Suttcliffe, “Mansfield District Council is likely to be one of very few local authorities in the country not to be increasing its Council Tax.”
Councillor Sutcliffe went on to add, “The council believes that the tax payer will also be facing financial pressures with all the other increases and we should not burden them further this year. So, we’re not asking for extra money from our local residents. We intend to continue our policy of giving the residents of Mansfield and district the best possible value for money.”
The town’s Executive Mayor Kate Allsop also spoke about freezing council tax, “I could just dip into your purse and take more money from you, but I made a pledge not to increase Mansfield District Council’s portion of the Council Tax and I intend to keep that promise by managing what money we have, by exploring how we can operate on a more commercial basis and by investing wisely.”
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