Changes to Isle of Wight Council budget plans

By Emily Pearce

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

 

A STAY of execution for West Wight Sports Centre funding is among the revised proposals in the latest budget papers published by the Isle of Wight Council.

A report published yesterday (Tuesday), ahead of next week's budget-setting meeting, recommend freezing council tax, although leading councillors have said they would be willing to consider a 1.99 per cent rise.

For 2015/16, however, the council may seriously have to consider holding a referendum on increasing council tax above the government's two per cent cap, according to the report.

A public consultation on the introduction of charges for the Cowes floating bridge looks set to be carried out, and any potential merger of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service with a mainland counterpart has been put off until 2016/17 to enable a business case to be prepared.

Other recommendations include deferring a £25,000 reduction in the grant paid to West Wight Sports Centre from 2014/15 to 2015/16, at which point all grant funding would cease, and scaling back environment officer cuts proposed for 2014/15, from £125,000 to £75,000, to give town and parish councils more time to take on services including the enforcement of fly-tipping, dog fouling, graffiti and littering, and the monitoring of public toilet and beach cleaning contracts.

In the event all town and parish precepts are not set before Wednesday's (26) meeting, a council tax setting committee will be established to set the level of council tax for 2014/15, taking into account the notified police precept and parish precepts.

The council needs to cut £28m from its budget over the next three years.

View the report below:

Isle of Wight Council. Full council, February 26, 2014.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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