Budget plans re-visited

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TOWN councillors have had to go back to the drawing board over budget plans.

In January Morpeth Town Council approved a two per cent rise in its share of council tax bills to cover inflation and rising administration costs and maintain a ‘standstill’ budget.

The figures were submitted on schedule to Northumberland County Council.

But later the county authority revealed that it was reviewing its predicted rates for non-collection of council tax from 0.5 per cent to 1.8 per cent.

The change would leave the town council with a £6,533 deficit.

At an extraordinary meeting members agreed that rather than increasing bills, the council would cover the loss from balances if required.