Debate on whether to freeze county council tax for third year

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Concern as Fareham council tax rise is above inflation for third time in a row

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COUNCIL tax could be frozen for a third year in West Sussex.

The county council will debate the proposal at next week’s policy and resources select committee.

Councillors will discuss a report on the main funding changes for local government and the potential impact on services.

Committee chairman David Britton said: ‘A council tax freeze for a third year running would undoubtedly be very welcome news for all our residents, but the final decision will not be taken until February 2013 when the full council meets to decide on its budget.

‘Our debate is designed to help inform the cabinet member for finance and resources Michael Brown with his recommendation to that meeting.’

If there is a freeze, the average Band D taxpayer would continue paying £1,161.99 for services delivered by the county council, excluding the amounts required by individual district or borough councils, Sussex Police, and town or parish councils.

Members will also look at the implications for West Sussex of the major change from next April when an element of funding for all local authorities will come from the retention of business rates.

The scrutiny committee meets at County Hall, Chichester, on Wednesday, November 7 from 10.30am, and is open to the public.