HOW do you want your county council to spend – or save – its money? Now’s your chance to say.
Last year Bucks County Council (BCC) held a series of public meetings called The Bucks Debate, at which people had the chance to say which public services they would keep or axe, given the need for budget cuts.
Now BCC has launched a public consultation to enable people to have their say on its priorities for 2012/13.
Called Your Money, Your Choice, the aim of the consultation, is to get people involved in helping decide which services the council should spend or save money on, consider different ways of delivering council services, and the level at which council tax is set.
The responses and feedback gathered during the survey will be used to help form the county council’s budget for the next financial year.
BCC leader Martin Tett said: “We need to find savings of about £55 million between now and 2014. This consultation is all about getting the people of Bucks involved in the challenges we’re facing and asking them to help us decide where spending should be prioritised. We’re very aware we are spending your money and it’s important you help us make the right choices.”
In addition to the questionnaire, an online budget simulator has been developed. This allows people to alter the levels of spending in different service areas, and to see how increasing or decreasing spending raises or lowers the amount of council tax needed.
The survey can be completed online at www.buckscc.gov.uk/budget
Paper copies are available from libraries, or can be requested by calling 0845 370 8090.
A video about the consultation is available to view at www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6mmwTn_TWs People can also join in Facebook and Twitter conversations at www.facebook.com/pages/Our-Buckinghamshire/118283198190717 and www.twitter.com/buckscc
The consultation ends on November 13. After that, the information gathered will help form the draft budget, which will be agreed on December 12. People will be able to comment on the draft budget until January 6. All responses will be considered by county councillors before the final budget decision is made on February 16.