MVDC Presents Balanced Budget for 2019/20
Mole Valley District Council Presents Balanced Budget for 2019/20, Improving Services for Residents, and Boosting Spend on Community and Environmental Projects.
On Tuesday 22 January, Mole Valley District Council's (MVDC) Scrutiny Committee will be asked to consider a report on the setting of the 2019/20 budget and Council Tax levels.
MVDC's proposed total budget for 2019/20 is £9,533,000. This includes a recommended increase in Council Tax of 2.9%. Band D Council Tax will go up by £5.11per year or 10p per week - an increase of £173.45 to £178.56. The proposals for budget growth total £642,000 over three years and will help MVDC to improve services.
Capital Grants to the district's communities are set to more than double from £40,000 to over £82,000. MVDC is also increasing its successful Small Grants Community Fund by £10,000. This fund supports a number of charities and local groups that carry out valuable work within their communities.
A new Joint Enforcement Team (JET) is proposed to help further improve the way MVDC investigates incidents such as graffiti, abandoned vehicles and fly tipping. Furthermore, additional staffing in the planning enforcement team will help to ensure a swifter and more robust approach to reports of unauthorised development across the district.
A new Waste Management Coordinator post would provide advice on sustainability issues and help deliver projects that benefit the environment. This includes a water bottle refill scheme and a focus on working with communities to encourage a reduction in the use of single use plastics.
The Council also proposes to increase resources to improve its project management. This would allow it to deliver a number of property development projects more efficiently and at a lower cost, including rolling out improvements to council-owned car parks. It is also proposing a feasibility study in North Leatherhead, an area of relative deprivation in Mole Valley. A significant part of the study would be to look at how the community's facilities and assets could be better used.
Councillor Vivienne Michael, Leader of the Council, said: "Despite major reductions in Government funding in recent years, once again we are able to put forward a balanced budget which involves no reductions in services and includes significant, targeted investment in the our priority areas.
"Prudent management, including the actions taken to make best use of our assets and capital investment to generate income, means that we are able to do all this with only a modest increase in council tax.
"Providing value for money services is key, and priority has been given to improving the delivery of those services which we know matter the most to Mole Valley's communities."
Residents can watch the debate live online at 7pm at www.molevalley.gov.uk/webcasting