Test Valley Borough Council agreed a council tax freeze for 2014/15 at a meeting on Friday 21st February.
The authority has accepted a council tax freeze grant from the government to help retain the present level of tax, which currently stands at £126.41 per year or £2.43 per week for a band D property. The authority has also worked hard to identify efficiencies totalling approximately £1 million per year since 2008.
Councillor Peter Giddings, economic portfolio holder, said: “We have consistently strived to hold down council tax and continue to offer one of the lowest rates in the country. And as well as freezing council tax this year, I give you a pledge that I will be recommending that we do this again in 2015/16.”
“We continue to work hard to encourage growth in the local economy. To help achieve this car parking charges in Test Valley have already been frozen until 2015. The council has also retained free parking after 4pm and all day Sunday, and introduced lots of other parking initiatives aimed at providing a boost to traders and shoppers in the borough.”