Cumbria County Council is proposing to increase its share of council tax by almost four per cent each year until 2020.
The authority has also drawn up a plan to save £16m in 2017/18, but stresses it won’t hit frontline services.
However its cabinet has warned that further savings of at least £32m will be needed for the two following years.
The authority is launching a public consultation about the planned council tax rise, of 3.99 per cent, which will run until January.
The rise is made up of a general 1.99 per cent increase, plus a further two per cent precept specifically to fund adult social care – as recommended by the Government.
This would mean an increase of £49.15 next year for a Band D property, rising from £1,231.87 to £1,281.02 in 2017/18.
County council leader Stewart Young said that the authority has had to make huge savings in recent years, with more to come – taking the predicted total to £246m by 2020 – and said ultimately it was down to cuts from central Government.
“I recognise that for the public, in the current economic climate, any increase in council tax is difficult. I hope they realise that if we didn’t do this we’d have to find even more savings,” he added.
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