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Surrey County Council approves council tax rise plans

Surrey County Council has agreed a council tax rise of 2.5% after setting its budget for the year ahead.

It means an annual increase of £27 for households in the typical band D property.

The Conservative-controlled local authority said it was the lowest increase that had been agreed in 17 years.

But it warned of "tough decisions" ahead if it is to meet a growing demand for its services.

The council agreed its £680m budget for 2010/11 at a meeting on Tuesday evening.

'Tough decisions'

Deputy leader David Hodge said the council needed to find £180m of savings over the next four years to meet a growing demand for its services.

Mr Hodge said: "In the current economic climate we have to make some tough decisions.

"If we don't make these savings, we will have to put council tax up 10% every year until 2013.

"Services will undoubtedly change and be delivered in new ways."



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