Councillors in East Sussex are considering raising Council Tax for the first time in four years – as part of a budget which would see more than £57 million of new funding for the county’s roads.
As East Sussex County Council faces £110 million budget cuts in the 10 years to 2020, the authority’s cabinet will consider three proposals – freezing Council Tax or increasing it by either 1.45 per cent or 1.95 per cent.
The budget proposals would see an extra £45 million of additional funding ploughed into the county’s roads infrastructure, a further £10 million set aside for improving unclassified roads and £2.25 million made available over three years for fixing potholes.
The additional funding would allow potholes to be repaired more quickly and 42 miles of unclassified roads to be improved – the equivalent of the distance from one end of the county to the other, from Lewes to Rye.
The proposals, which will be discussed at the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, January 28, will then be referred to the next meeting of the full council, on Tuesday, February 11, for a final decision.
The extra money derived from any Council Tax increase in 2014-15, which would amount to 32p per week extra for a band D property with a 1.45 per cent increase or 43p per week with a 1.95 per cent increase, would be used to protect frontline services.