County's new £1.1bn budget

PUBLISHED: 13:55 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 15 June 2010

DEVON county's share of council tax bills could rise by 3.9 per cent if Devon County Council approves its executive's recommendation. Members of the executive met on Tuesday last week to debate this year's figures and agreed proposals for the county's l

DEVON county's share of council tax bills could rise by 3.9 per cent - if Devon County Council approves its executive's recommendation.Members of the executive met on Tuesday last week to debate this year's figures and agreed proposals for the county's largest ever budget of £1.1 billion.The proposals still need to be ratified by the full council, which meets tomorrow (Thursday, February 14). The 3.9 per cent increase could mean band D householders will have to pay an extra £39.96 a year for the county council portion of the council tax.DCC leader Councillor Brian Greenslade said the rise was "fairly reas-onable" when compared with past years. He cited the 4.7 per cent rise in 2006/07 and last year's 4.5 per cent increase.Mr Greenslade said: "This is a significant budget with some very good news in it. We have already made efficiency savings this year of £13 million and have plans to save a further £15 million next year."Coupled to that, with a Govern-ment grant better than we had dared to hope, we are able to bring forward the largest budget ever, which reflects the priorities of people in Devon."TELL your Herald what you think.

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