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Council defers tax rise decision
A DECISION on whether to increase council tax in Colchester next year has been deferred.
Budget papers published by the authority propose a potential 1.95 per cent rise.
This would equate to a £3.42 total rise for a Band D home.
However the budget also considers a freeze as the government has not yet announced how much council's can raise tax before needing a referendum.
The current level is two per cent but borough council officials fear local government minister Eric Pickles may reduce it to 1.5 per cent.
A council tax freeze, which would entitle the authority to a government grant equal to a one per cent rise, would still leave a funding gap of £89,000.
- Read more on the budget in tomorrow's Gazette.
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