RESIDENTS in the Staffordshire Moorlands will not face increased council tax bills after councillors agreed to freeze levels for the fourth year running.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has agreed a budget of just over £11 million for providing services in 2013/14 following consultation with residents and partners.
Councillor Gill Heath, who has the responsibility for finance and resources, said: “Like all councils, we’ve faced challenges when setting our budget for the coming year but what has been foremost in our minds has been helping local people manage their household finances.
“For that reason, I’m delighted that we’ve been able to freeze council tax for the fourth year running, which has been the council’s priority, while continuing to deliver the first-class frontline services people rightly expect.
“We’ve already shown our innovative approach to delivering local services by working in partnership to share resources whilst maintaining high standards.
“This budget builds on these firm foundations enabling us to provide value for money services to our communities, and for our partners, which are delivering their priorities.”
The budget supports the council’s corporate plan priorities which are: Provide quality services in partnership with communities; Meet the financial challenges and provide value for money; Support economic development and regeneration and protect and improve the environment.