The Plaid Cymru led Carmarthenshire County Council is likely to cut the council tax increase for the coming year from the originally proposed 4.9% to 3.95%. That would mean a weekly increase of £1 on the average Band D property.
There's been a significant impact on the council’s budget during the past year due to Covid-19. Around £20m has been incurred in extra costs; about £10m. income lost; and Council Tax collection is currently around £2million lower than expected.
Cllr David Jenkins, Executive Board for Resources, said today that the public appreciate difficult choices must be made, but favoured the lowest increase possible. “I would like us to do everything we can to support our residents who continue to suffer great hardships due to this pandemic," he said.
Following the recent flooding, the Executive Board today advocated removing the savings proposals relating to gulley cleansing and street cleansing, and to reduce the cuts planned for highway surface dressing.
Additional funding has also been found to support the education department and to invest in the council’s TrueCall service which safeguards vulnerable residents from fraudsters.
Council Leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “We are very conscious of the struggles people are facing. We’ve worked hard to adjust our budget proposals so that we can continue to focus on critical services while minimising the impact on residents as far as possible.”
All 74 members of the council will meet next month to discuss the recommendation and make a final decision.