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0% Council Tax rise is good news for residents

MHDC today announce their draft budget that will go before Council in February. A number of proposals are set to benefit their residents following the announcements.

The biggest, having the most impact on residents is a 0% rise in Council Tax, for the second time in four years, which will help the pockets of all taxpayers in the district.

Cllr. Paul Cumming, portfolio holder for finance, performance management and resources said "We feel there are enough pressures on residents' finances at the moment and have found other ways to fund our services that avoids passing costs on directly to residents through their Council Tax."

The main way MHDC has achieved this is through further efficiencies and raising income; namely their cost effective leisure contract, the joint Chief Executive role and private sector partnerships e.g. the arrangement with Civica for revenues and benefits.

Cllr. Cumming continued "We're very pleased that despite some of the largest cuts to our funding in history we're still managing not only to balance our budgets, but to continue to provide high quality services."

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