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Hambleton businesses told time running out on budget consultation

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Hambleton business owners have just two weeks left to say on what the District Council should be looking to spend its money on – and on the levels of council tax it levies.

The authority is eager to find out what people think of the council’s current priorities, its council tax and its proposals to improve services and increase efficiency.

Deputy leader of the Council Peter Wilkinson said:

“Over the last few years we have faced significant financial pressures as a result of national austerity measures which have reduced the amount of Government support we receive.

“So far we have lost 29 per cent – £1.6 million – and we are faced with another 21 per cent cut over the next two years.

“Councillors have already approved a financial strategy to take Hambleton forward over the next ten years and so far we have managed to deliver a balanced budget with little effect on frontline services.

“At the same time we are striving to achieve efficiency savings and keep council tax low.”

He said it is proposed to freeze council tax once more next year.

Coun Wilkinson added:

“We need to know what local people want us to focus on – what are their priorities going forward, and would they approve an increase in council tax to invest in services.

“We hope people will work with us going forward.”

The consultation can be accessed online at www.hambleton.gov.uk/surveys/budget or by collecting a paper copy from the council offices in Northallerton, Easingwold or Stokesley or  Springboard Business Centre in Stokesley or Evolution Business Centre in Northallerton.

They must be completed and returned by January 17.

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