03:07AM, Thursday 21 February 2013
The Royal Borough council has responded to criticisms of council tax cuts by launching a new scheme that will allow residents to support community projects.
Critics argued that the cuts should have been passed over in favour of generating more income to invest in valuable projects and services.
At last night's full council meeting Cllr Simon Dudley, cabinet member for finance, announced that taxpayers will be given the opportunity to pay back their council tax savings.
The money will be allocated to the participatory budget scheme, which will allow residents to vote for where they would like the money to be spent.
Cllr Dudley said: "This is a wonderful example of democracy in action.
“We have successfully and consistently cut council tax for four years, much to the delight of our residents.
“However, we want to provide an alternative option for those who have said they would rather see the money being used to enhance community facilities."
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