Suffolk could see council tax rises

HOMEOWNERS in Suffolk face a likely council tax rise next year, to help find an additional £50million for services.Forecasts show the county council will need to raise nearly £50million more than the current budget to spend on education, social care, capital financing and transport in 2003/2004.

HOMEOWNERS in Suffolk face a likely council tax rise next year, to help find an additional £50million for services.

Forecasts show the county council will need to raise nearly £50million more than the current budget to spend on education, social care, capital financing and transport in 2003/2004.

This year band D homeowners in Ipswich became the first in Suffolk and North Essex to pay council tax of more than £1,000, of which £751.41 was for county services.

County councillor David Rowe, committee member with the portfolio for strategic and financial planning, said: "We are not talking about cuts in services but efficiency savings. It's about changing working practices and making sure we are responsible."