Lichfield District Council is asking its roughly 45,000 residents to give their views to help shape its budget.
This financial year, the local authority will have spent just over £11 million on local services. It receives just over £6 million in council tax to help fund this, and the rest is funded through business rates, core government grant, New Homes Bonus and income.
The government has been reducing the amount of core grants it distributes to local councils each year, and next year it will stop this grant altogether. This means Lichfield District Council faces significant and ongoing challenges, and will need to find further savings or generate more income to provide the same level of services.
Councillor Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said: “We have agreed a package of measures for 2018/2019 that will help us to bridge our funding shortfall, including the introduction of charges for our garden waste service, and outsourcing the management of two of our leisure centres to a leisure trust.
“However, we need to find more savings and generate more income, as further cuts to funding streams are expected. This is why we’re asking local people across the district to give their views through an online questionnaire on what our funding priorities should be, where we could reduce spending, and ideas on how to increase income.
“We’re also asking what council tax increase we should consider for next year, and give a range of options to choose from.”
The Your View questionnaire is live from 21 November to 5pm on Friday 22 December 2017. It is available online at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/yourview.
“We’ll be running a more detailed Your View residents’ questionnaire in the summer to help us shape our longer term plans, and hope plenty of local residents will get involved in this too,” added Cllr Wilcox.