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County Hall scraps planned council tax rise
PLANS to increase council tax at County Hall have been scrapped.
Essex County Council is now looking to freeze its share of the charge for the fourth year in a row.
It replaces an initial proposal to increase council tax by 1.49 per cent - an average of £16.19p on a Band D home.
Fresh figures on council tax collection provided by district and borough councils showed County Hall was due to received £10million more than expected, allowing the rise to be axed.
The authority has also announced more spending plans for the next financial year.
Flood management will be given a £2million boost and the Essex School Improvement Fund will have an addition £1million added to it.
A further £4.8million will be spent on roads tackling the impact of the bad weather, including pot holes and drainage.
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