Council tax bills for services provided by Worthing Borough Council will rise by a below-inflation 2.96 per cent, a meeting of the council decided last night.
The increase to borough residents of 11p a week comes amid further reductions in central government grant.
Explaining the rise Leader of the Council, Cllr Dan Humphreys said he was committed to continuing with a programme of growing the local economy, creating jobs and providing much-needed new homes.
He pledged the Council would maintain services such as refuse collection, environmental protection and housing services while investment would continue for the borough’s parks and theatres.
In addition he said the Council had secured £6.6m of external funding to support economic growth. The Council had stepped in to demolish the Teville Gate multi-storey car park to bring impetus to the development on the rest of the site, which is not owned by the Council. It had also bought the Union Place site from private developers to kick start a much-needed development plan.
The Borough Council tax bill will be added to that of West Sussex County Council ( increase of 4.95 per cent) and Sussex Police (increase of 7.9 per cent) to form an overall bill. Worthing Borough Council’s share of the overall bill is just 17 per cent.