Council tax in Dundee set to rise by 3%

John Alexander

Council tax is set to rise in Dundee by 3% in order for the local authority to balance their books for the coming financial year.

The news was announced today, ahead of the city council’s budget meeting next Thursday.

Council leader John Alexander and finance spokesman Willie Sawers said the council tax rise would raise a total of £1.5 million for the council.

Mr Sawers said: “By raising the council tax by 3% this will close the gap of the money we have to find to balance the books for the coming year.”

Council officers have identified more than £8.6 million of savings while the SNP administration is proposing another £5.25 million worth of savings and efficiencies.

The remaining £1.5 million shortfall will be met through a 3% rise in council tax if the administration’s budget is passed.

In the meantime, all local authority staff earning less than £36,000 will receive a 3% pay rise.

There will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of the proposals although the council is looking to shed 25 posts through voluntary redundancies.

Cost saving measures proposed by the council include stopping collections of domestic garden waste during winter and closing bowling greens at Whitfield and South Park Road.