Thursday, 8 March 2012

Council tax frozen

KNOWLE and Dorridge residents will see no increase in their council tax bills that begin on April 1, it has been confirmed.

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council this week confirmed it would not increase its share of the bill, £1,173.72 on a band D bill.

The other two authorities which get cash in village bills, police and fire, will also not take an increase.

West Midlands Police will get £99.45 on a band D while West Midlands Fire Authority will get £47.83.

Some other areas will see small increases and decreases because parish and village councils get further cash (full details).

As previously reported by The Silhillian, the council made £12m worth of cuts to balance its £144m for the coming year.

This includes cutting hours at Bickenhill Household Waste Recycling Centre, cutting planting in parks, a review of library hours.

Solihull Conservative council leader Ken Meeson said: “Solihull has suffered significant reductions in government funding over several years and with the added pressure on public service spending we have had to deliver a further £12 million of savings.”

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