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Council tax could rise by up to 6% in Surrey

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Council tax could rise by up to 6% in Surrey

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:28pm 22nd January 2018. (Updated at 5:08pm 23rd January 2018)

Surrey County Council has announced a potential 6% council tax increase for 2018-2019. 

The Cabinet will propose the council tax levy next week, before going to Full Council on Tuesday 6th February. 

A final decision will then be made for Surrey residents. 

The council say they face a budget shortfall of £39 million in 2018-19 and £86 million the year after, because new funding won't come in for two years. 

In December last year, the government gave local authorities the new power to raise their core bills by 2.99%.

That was up from a previous maximum of 1.99%.

This coupled with a 3% increase in the county's social care precept means Surrey residents would see their SCC tax bill go up by almost 6%.

That is around of £1.53 a week for a band D property.

It comes as last week, it was also announced Hampshire residents would see a rise.

WATCH: Leader David Hodge outlines the plans below.

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