MORAY'S councillors today agreed the area’s budget for 2014/15.
The financial plan - presented by council leader Allan Wright - was created by a cross-party group and achieved unanimous backing.
The council has saved nearly two thirds of its target, but £10.5 million still needs to be slashed over the next three years. Further savings of £2.15 million were identified, including a reduction to the roads maintenance budget of nearly £1 million over the next five years.
That target, said Councillor Wright, would reduce the standard of Moray’s roads to no lower than the Scottish average. Head teachers must also save 0.5% from their devolved school budgets, equivalent to a saving of £175,000 from a total of £35 million.
The proposals were seconded by SNP group leader Councillor Pearl Paul who said the cross-party group had worked hard at finding new ways of providing services with as little impact as possible on the public.
Councillors agreed to a further freeze in council tax which keeps Band D properties at £1,135. They also agreed to raise council house rents by 4.5%, taking the average weekly rent to £49.26.
For more on Moray’s 2014/2015 budget, read this week’s ‘Scot’.