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North Dorset residents to pay more after tax freeze
12:30pm Saturday 23rd February 2013 in News
NORTH Dorset residents will pay more for their council tax after a two year freeze.
Those living in a Band D property will pay £5 more a year from April this year after district councillors unanimously agreed to raise the tax.
Council leader Deborah Croney said: “We are fully aware that most residents would have preferred to see no rise again this year, given all the other pressures on household budgets.
“But without this income, the council would be forced to borrow in order to fulfil its commitments and provide essential services to the district. North Dorset is one of the lowest taxing councils in England and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.”
She said the council had reduced its revenue budget by 40 per cent since 2004, as well as reducing its workforce by half.
The remaining staff have not had a pay rise in three years.