Council Tax frozen
Residents will see no increase in their 2011/12 Council Tax bills – the fifth consecutive year that Crawley has had the lowest rise in West Sussex.
Councillors agreed to freeze Council Tax at the meeting of the Full Council last night (February 23). The Government had agreed to help fund a freeze by giving local authorities the equivalent of a 2.5 per cent rise.
West Sussex County Council and Sussex Police have also agreed to freeze Council Tax so Crawley residents will not pay a penny more than last year.
Councillor Bob Lanzer, Leader of Crawley Council said: “Historically we have seen low rises in Crawley and this year is no exception.
“The past year has been tough for many people and I hope this freeze goes some way to helping those who are struggling financially.”
Crawley Borough Council is continuing to invest in the town, with the £18 million neighbourhood regeneration schemes a good example. But in the financial year ahead the council will save £1.3 million.
Councillor Lanzer said: ““We are clear about our priorities for spending and ensuring the services we deliver represent excellent value for money. The reserves we have can then be spent on making significant improvements in Crawley.”
Crawley residents’ Council Tax bills are made up of three elements – Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council and Sussex Police Authority.
For every pound paid in council tax, Crawley Council receives 13p, West Sussex County Council receives 78p and Sussex Police receives 9p.