East Northamptonshire Council has agreed to freeze its element of the Council Tax for the second year running.
This means that the Band D charge attributable to East Northamptonshire Council will remain at £123.65 a year, the equivalent of £2.38 per week, the same as it was in 2012/13.
Despite central government continuing to reduce the funding it pays to local authorities to support service provision, the council has made significant financial savings and efficiencies including sharing services and reducing leisure contributions through capital investment.
Council leader, Steven North, said: “We know that many residents are struggling with the high cost of living so we have committed to freezing Council Tax for the second year running.
“Due to the hard work by staff and members, we are not using any reserves to balance the budget, and the proposed budget is lower than last years. We also hold a healthy earmarked reserve of over £5 million and we can still deliver community projects out of some of the New Homes Bonus.
“All councils face some tough decisions over the next few years as public sector funding continues to be squeezed. With good financial planning we will be able to focus on front line services and finding more efficient ways of delivering services.”
East Northamptonshire Council currently has the lowest Council Tax of any council in Northamptonshire, and one of the lowest in the country.
Councillors also approved the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2014/15-2017/18, the budget for 2014/15, the Capital Programme for 2014/15, levels of reserves, the Treasury Management Strategy and the Fees and Charges policy.