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Buckinghamshire residents face 2% council tax rise

Buckinghamshire County Council has recommended a 2% rise in council tax, instead of a proposed 5%, after consulting with residents.

Residents were asked if they wanted the higher rate to generate extra income for roads maintenance.

Conservative leader Martin Tett said a "large number" had supported the bigger increase, but it was not an "overwhelming" result.

A final decision will be made in February.

The council has frozen the tax over the last three years, but said a 2% rise was needed because of a 41% cut in government funding over the past four years, with a further 24% reduction expected in the future.

A referendum is needed for any increase over 2%.

Mr Tett said: "A large number of Buckinghamshire people did express support for such an increase.

"We considered this result very thoroughly but decided that, ultimately, the result was not overwhelming enough to warrant the expenditure on a referendum."

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