Council tax and parking frozen in West Dorset
WEST Dorset District Council has frozen its share of the council tax for the third year in a row.
The 2013-14 budget, including council tax levels, was agreed at a meeting last week.
Despite reductions in its funding, the district council has agreed not to cut services for which it is responsible for the next year.
For the seventh year in a row short stay parking charges will remain frozen.
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A budget working group is also being set up to monitor spending and costs for the future.
Robert Gould, leader the district council, said: "These are tough times for local councils but through hard work, careful financial management, partnership working and other efficiencies, we have been able to make significant savings.
"For now this will allow us to protect public services and avoid passing on increased costs to residents.
"We are, however, expecting further funding cuts and the new budget working group will be looking for ways in which the council can adapt to the reduction in its resources. The district council's share of the council tax for a Band D property for the coming year will cost £124.80. This represents eight per cent of the total bill."
The council tax bill also includes charges from Dorset County Council, Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue and the town or parish council if it makes a charge.