A bid to increase Ryedale Council tax to households was vetoed last week after councillors were told that good financial housekeeping had set Ryedale District Council (RDC) on the right road.
Paul Cresswell, the authority’s chief financial officer, told councillors on Tuesday last week: “This is the best revenue budget we have had.”
However he warned that further cuts were likely to be necessary in the future.
The Government’s grant to RDC had dropped from £4.5 million six years ago, to just £1.7 million this year, said Mr Cresswell, but prudent budgeting and running of the authority had seen an extensive review of the whole organisation.
He said: “We have healthy reserves and this is the fifth year the council has not increased its council tax to households.”
Cllr Linda Cowling, leader of the council, warned against the creation of a unitary authority for North Yorkshire, believed to be on the national political agenda for the future.
“The services we give to Ryedale residents will be lost under such a council,” she said.
This year Ryedale District Council had enjoyed “an exceptionally” good settlement from the government.
But Cllr Paul Andrews said the council should use its income from the Government’s New Homes Bonus to reinstate the Tourist Information Centres at Malton and Helmsley at a cost of £60,000, but his amendment fell on deaf ears.
The council approved a motion by Cllr Caroline Goodrick that an additional £10,000 should be allocated to the Citizens Advice Bureau because it had seen a 20 per cent rise in the number of people seeking its services.
Cllr John Clark unsuccessfully moved that the council should increase its tax by 1.99 per cent for the new financial year. “People are prepared to pay for good services but they are getting pretty sick of this council.”
l North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire County Council have agreed a 1.99 per cent increase in their share of council tax. North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue approved a 1.98 per cent rise. Residents in a Band D property will pay £1,527 in council tax next year, not including the precept from their parish council.