10:50AM, Friday 13 February 2015
'Put your money where your mouth is' was the message from a Royal Borough councillor to critics of council tax reduction.
The Royal Borough's Cabinet met last night to approve their budget for the 2015/16 financial year.
This included a reduction in council tax of 2.1 per cent from 2014/15, with a band D council tax at £906.95 from £926.40. This represents a sixth consecutive year of council tax reduction in the borough.
Speaking at the meeting, cabinet member for finance Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside) encouraged people to send back their council tax saving to the Royal Borough if their political convictions were against the reduction.
He said: "I am aware of one man in the borough who has sent back his council tax savings and we encourage people to do so if they wish to.
"Don't just write a letter to the press, put your money where your mouth is if that is what you believe and the money can go towards council services or Maidenhead Foodshare."
Cllr Dudley was keen to point out that not only had this year's budget provided savings for taxpayers but had provided additional funding for a number of frontline services.
This includes £384k for children's safeguarding, £146k for school improvement, £309k for waste management, £70k for advantage cards parking discount, £36k on revenue grants for third sector, £50k for expansion of green waste collection service and permanent Sunday openings for libraries.
He said: “This is an improved budget and focuses on delivering efficiency for our council tax payers.
“We will strive year on year to make this an efficient council and allow taxpayers to keep their money to do what they want to do, not taking it to do what we wish.”
The cabinet unanimously approved the budget, which will now go before full council on Tuesday, February 24.
The meeting took place at Maidenhead Town Hall.
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