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Priorities For The District’s Budget – The Council Invites Your Views

Published on Tuesday, 9th August 2022

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Maldon District Council is appealing for residents and business owners to give their views on its financial plans for the coming years by filling in a simple online survey before 11 September.

Council budgets all over the country are being squeezed due to reductions in Government funding and rising costs. It is therefore vital that the Council’s limited resources are used effectively.

To help the Council make its financial decisions, residents and business owners are being asked for their views on what they think the top three funding priorities should be for the budget which will be set early next year. The survey will also help to assess how the cost-of-living crisis is affecting residents, and will give respondents a chance to suggest ways in which the Council could save money or generate income.

Importantly, the questionnaire also asks for views on a proposed £5.00 a year increase in Council Tax. This increase, which equates to 10 pence per week, would help the Council to maintain services in the future given the challenges with rising prices and the reduction in the Council’s funding.

Councillor Penny Channer, Leader of Maldon District Council, said “Understanding the views of residents and businesses will help the Council to make appropriate financial plans for the future, so we are appealing for as many people as possible to complete the survey, which can be found and completed online from 11 August.

“Council tax payers may not be aware that for every £1 that we collect in tax, we keep just 11p, with the rest collected on behalf of Essex County Council, Parish and Town Councils, Police and the Fire Service. It is therefore essential that we use these limited funds in the best way to maintain and, where possible, improve the services and facilities which we provide for the people of the Maldon District.

“Please take a few moments to tell us your views and priorities and help us to shape future financial policy.”

The survey is open until Sunday 11 September 2022.