Leader to present a 'fantastic budget'

Shropshire Council leader Keith Barrow will tomorrow present what he called a "fantastic" budget which will see the authority spending nearly half a billion pounds over the coming 12 months.

Shropshire Council leader Keith Barrow will tomorrow present what he called a "fantastic" budget which will see the authority spending nearly half a billion pounds over the coming 12 months.

The budget includes a savings target of £7.1 million which the council is aiming to reinvest in services. In recent months an extra £3.3 million has also come the way of the authority, including £1.1 million from an increase in its council tax base and £498,000 from revising the council tax relief on empty properties.

Council tax increases will be no more than 3.5 per cent, with two areas - south Shropshire and Oswestry - seeing no rise in the Shirehall share of their overall bill as the authority seeks to equalise bills across the county.

For the average band D householder, the biggest increase will be in Bridgnorth where the council levy will rise by £39.39 (76p weekly) to £1,164.72.

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