Council tax decision expected

A recommendation that Erewash Borough Council raises its share of council tax for 2017/18 by £5 a year will go before councillors at a budget-setting meeting this week (Thursday 9 March).
If agreed, it will mean that the council’s charge for a Band D property in Erewash will increase by 2.9% to £175.91 – a rise which works out at just 9p a week. 
Only 11% of the total council tax bill goes towards paying for Erewash Borough Council services. Council tax payers also have to pay an amount for Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Parish Councils – Erewash Borough Council has no control over the charges set by these organisations.
The recommended increase comes as the borough council continues to work hard to find further savings and put in place plans to increase income as part of its future budget planning. The council has already identified a total of £660,000 of efficiency savings for next year and needs to find a further £1.8m by 2020.
Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Resources, says:
“We are doing everything in our power to make substantial efficiency savings and reduce our reliance on central government funding while, at the same time, protecting and maintaining our front line services wherever possible.
“The next few years are going to be extremely challenging due to the national efforts to balance the country’s finances - but we will continue to work hard at balancing our budget and we remain proud to be a council that is debt free.”
The Full Council meeting will be held at Ilkeston Town Hall on Thursday 9 March at 7pm.