Council tax rise for West Dorset approved

Dorset Echo: West Dorset District Council leader Robert Gould West Dorset District Council leader Robert Gould

MEMBERS have agreed a council tax rise of 1.99 per cent for West Dorset District Council’s share of the council tax.

The council’s first hike in council tax for four years, which sees the charge for a Band D mid range property increase by £2.48 to £127.28 in the coming financial year, comes after leader Robert Gould warned it faced ‘unprecedented’ financial challenges.

He said: “This year we have faced unprecedented challenges in drawing up our budget.”

However, Coun Gould said that important initiatives such as the shared services partnership with Weymouth and Portland Borough Council had helped to ensure the authority remained a low taxing council and was able to maintain its level of services.

He said: “We are able to present a balanced budget and ambitious programme for future, thanks to our continued good financial management.”

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4:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Dorset stuff says...

"Robert Gould warned it faced ‘unprecedented’ financial challenges"

Yup, he needs to find a couple of million to bail out a property developer coz WDDC cocked it up again.
"Robert Gould warned it faced ‘unprecedented’ financial challenges" Yup, he needs to find a couple of million to bail out a property developer coz WDDC cocked it up again. Dorset stuff
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4:49pm Tue 25 Feb 14

WestDorsetLass says...

Why not make an efficiency (or whatever the latest mumbo-jumbo is for cutting spending), cut out the middle man (in this case WDDC) and have the West Dorset taxpayers make their cheques out to the Charles Street property developer? It would save on handling & admin costs at the Council.
Why not make an efficiency (or whatever the latest mumbo-jumbo is for cutting spending), cut out the middle man (in this case WDDC) and have the West Dorset taxpayers make their cheques out to the Charles Street property developer? It would save on handling & admin costs at the Council. WestDorsetLass
  • Score: 4

5:17pm Tue 25 Feb 14

portland rebel says...

pay more for less,
pay more for less, portland rebel
  • Score: 2

12:19am Wed 26 Feb 14

zoltan the bearded says...

Or, divide the £2 mill between West Dorset residents and give a general boost to the local economy.
Or, divide the £2 mill between West Dorset residents and give a general boost to the local economy. zoltan the bearded
  • Score: 0

12:21am Wed 26 Feb 14

zoltan the bearded says...

Or, distribute the £2 million to West Dorset council tax payers, and give a boost to the local economy.
Or, distribute the £2 million to West Dorset council tax payers, and give a boost to the local economy. zoltan the bearded
  • Score: 0

9:18am Wed 26 Feb 14

arlbergbahn says...

Who chose Coun Gould as Leader? Did the People get any chance to choose him as Leader? Why do these people (it's exactly the same with their colleagues at DCC and WPBC) boast that they're "Democratic" when the public don't have any say at all (beyond those who voted for them as their local councillor) in who is able to make all sorts of decisions about things that affect them? Surely this is simply dictatorship; an unelected Leader who makes "very very tough decisions" that affect them and which they can do absolutely nothing about?
Who chose Coun Gould as Leader? Did the People get any chance to choose him as Leader? Why do these people (it's exactly the same with their colleagues at DCC and WPBC) boast that they're "Democratic" when the public don't have any say at all (beyond those who voted for them as their local councillor) in who is able to make all sorts of decisions about things that affect them? Surely this is simply dictatorship; an unelected Leader who makes "very very tough decisions" that affect them and which they can do absolutely nothing about? arlbergbahn
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