Conservative CWAC Executive last night (Wednesday) unanimously approved plans for a two year council tax freeze in West Cheshire.
The proposed bonus for 140,000 council tax payers for 2014-16 will now go before full budget council on Monday, March 3.
If Full Council ratifies the plan CWAC’s standard Band D council tax rate for 2014-15 will remain unchanged at £1,275.23.
And over the last four years, council taxpayers in the Borough will have paid an average 1.65% rise in council tax against a 12.1% rise in inflation – a saving of £131 on a Band D tax bill.
Members were asked to approve a recommend a freeze on council tax for 2014-15 and suggest the same for the following year.
Councillor Les Ford, Executive Member, Resources, told colleagues that the authority’s medium term financial plan had been based on the continued reduction of funds from a central government seeking to balance the nation’s current account.
“The budget continues the same themes as previous years by continuing to reduce waste, inefficient practices and bureaucracy and yet seeks to innovate and develop new ways of delivering and improving services to our residents at a much reduced cost.
“We have continued, as we have always done in this borough to produce a sound way forward and be well ahead of the curve in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and savings.”
And he added: “This is working very successfully enabling the council to make significant investments into sports and cultural facilities in Northwich, Ellesmere Port and Chester; substantial investments into schools, where a detailed plan is being supported by government and in our roads and pavements, as requested by many residents on the doorstep.”