No tax hike as council commits to new budget

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TAXPAYERS in West Sussex are likely to have no increase in their council tax.

West Sussex County Council, based in Chichester, is set to commit to freezing its portion of the bill for the fifth year running.

It means the average Band D householder could continue to pay £1,161.99 for county council services if the budget is recommended for approval by the committee.

A final decision will be taken by the authority in February.

The finance committee will meet later this month to discuss the council’s half a billion pound operating budget for the next 12 months, as well as where the council will make £68m of savings over the next two years.

Key investments to be outlined in the budget include £4m per year for the next two years to alleviate pressure on the adult services budget and a multi-million pound cash injection into high-speed broadband across the county.

The council is set to pledge a further £15m to improve many of the county’s residential and rural roads.

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