Dorset Council has set the second-highest council tax in England. Only Rutland residents pay more.
The council says the costs of the pandemic and adult social care have been considerable.
Cllr Gary Suttle told last night’s meeting that the council had to put together ‘the most challenging budget’. Tight finances mean that the council’s staff won’t get a pay rise this year.
Council leader Spencer Flower said Dorset Council needs to continue to lobby government for a fairer funding arrangement. Some unitary authorities receive more support.
Alfred’s Mark Chappell has been looking into how much Band D council tax residents of Shaftesbury, Melbury, Motcombe, Compton, Ashmore and Fontmell will pay from April.