Budget Process and Financial Forecast Report implies Conservative Council Tax Rise

Concern has been raised that the Basildon Conservatives are about to break a key election promise and raise Council Tax for the next 10 years.  A report presented to the councils Corporate Resources committee which set out the financial forecast and the budget setting process outlined an assumption that Council Tax will increase by 2.99% for 2019/20 and 1.99% per annum thereafter.  Introducing the agenda item, the Chair, Cllr Stuart Sullivan said of the assumptions “I consider these assumptions to be prudent.”  This is despite the Conservatives making claims in their recent literature during the May Borough Council Elections that they would not have raised council tax and will keep tax low.