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Council Elections 2009
The County Council elections are being held on the 4th June. Here's all you need to know.
All 58 seats at the county council, currently held by the Liberal Democrats, will be contested at the local government election.
On Thursday, around 400,000 adults will have the opportunity to go to the polls and place their vote to decide which political party will lead the council.
Somerset County Council is responsible for things like schools, highways and social care, and it has an annual budget of £825m.
The County Council educates 67,000 pupils, maintains 6,612km of highways and lends more than 3.4 million items a year from 34 libraries and six mobile libraries.
On the same day, elections will take place for the European Parliament. Elections for district councils and unitary authorities in Somerset do not take place this year.
Current political make up:
Liberal Democrat 29
Counting of Votes on Friday 5 June:
Mendip DC area ( 12 Electoral Divisions) - 10.30am start at the Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet
last updated: 01/06/2009 at 18:16