South Norfolk Council’s cabinet of leading councillors has voted to freeze its portion of the council tax bill for the sixth time in seven years.
The authority’s leading councillor, John Fuller, believes his is the only council of its type in the country to have offered its tax payers so many freezes.
Their decision was made on Monday at the cabinet meeting
It would mean a band D council tax payer will continue to give the authority £130.68 per year for 2014/15.
The decision will be finally voted on by the full council, but Mr Fuller did not believe there would be much issue getting the proposal through.
He told the Diss Express yesterday: “At a time when everyone is looking at cost of living issues, this represents, since 2007, a 25 per cent reduction in real terms.
“I feel we are doing our bit to help people with their cost of living.”
And Mr Fuller rejected the idea that a council tax freeze was limiting what services the authority could offer.
He pointed to the fact that his authority was the sixth highest recipient in the country of government New Homes Bonus cash, paid to councils which build new houses.
Just under 700 were built in South Norfolk over the last 12 months.
Mr Fuller said the council’s businesslike approach to governance, such as developing a commercial property portfolio, was also helping to prove that revenue can be generated from sources other than the taxpayer. He said council services were improving and becoming more efficient.