Delay hits Borough's council tax plans

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An extraordinary Full Council meeting to decide on Scarborough Borough Council’s budget for 2017/18 has been scheduled for 2pm on Friday March 10.

The report was originally due to be heard at the Full Council meeting this Friday but a delay in finalising the budget report, due to the lateness in the council receiving its final finance settlement from the government raised concerns that there was not sufficient time for councillors to absorb and review the information.

It also delays the finalising of the borough's 2.31% increase in council tax for the forthcoming financial year.

Cllr Helen Mallory, Deputy Leader of Scarborough Borough Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, Procurement and Legal said: “The budget setting and agreement process is one the most important decisions that councillors take each year and therefore the Leader and I felt it was only appropriate, given the circumstances, that councillors be given more to time to study the report so that they can be in a better position to make an informed decision.”