Taxes set to fall for East Hampshire residents

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TAXPAYERS will pay less for council services as an authority is poised to cut council tax.

East Hampshire District Council, which oversees the Horndean and Petersfield area, is set to cut its share of council tax by two per cent – making it one of the only councils in the country thought to be considering a decrease this year.

The council has ambitious plans to reduce council tax to zero by 2024.

Council leader Ferris Cowper said: ‘Where many councils cope with a drop in income by raising taxes or cutting services, we have decided to go a different way.

‘We aim to be self-sufficient by removing our reliance on government grants and, if we can, reducing our council tax to nothing.

‘And we plan to do all this while maintaining our services to the highest possible standards. By cutting our council tax for the 2016/17 financial year we will show our ambitious plans are serious and achievable.’

The council has been buying up properties in recent years to bring in rental income.