Council tax roadshows in Rutland this weekend

RUTLAND County Council wants residents’ views on a potential council tax freeze.

The Government has offered all local authorities a grant equivalent to a 2.5 per cent tax increase if they do not raise their rates for 2012/13.

Rutland County Council currently collects £20.8m a year in tax. If the council freezes its rates the Government grant for 2012/13 would be £520,000.

A series of roadshows are taking place this weekend to explain the options and get residents’ views.

They will take place at Oakham Co-op from 9am to 10.45am, Oakham Tesco from 11.15am to 1pm and Uppingham Market Place from 10am to midday.

Council leader Roger Begy said: “The big decision we are facing this year is whether to accept the council tax freeze grant on offer from central government.

“Accepting the grant would result in no change to council tax this year, but bigger increases in the years that follow. Not accepting the grant would mean steady (and lower) increases during the next four years.”

“I’d encourage anybody who is interested in finding out more to visit one of the roadshow events where they will be able to speak with senior officers and members of the cabinet”.

The cabinet will discuss the 2012/13 budget at a meeting on February 7. All 26 councillors will then make a final decision on February 27.

Residents can submit their views on the council tax freeze and the council’s strategic aims for 2012 online at www.rutland.gov.uk