SENIOR councillors at County Hall have agreed to a council tax rise.
Essex County Council’s cabinet passed the 1.49 per cent rise following a freeze on council tax for three years.
The rise amounts to £16.19p a year on a Band D home. To get the go-ahead a final decision will bemade by the full council on February 11.
Councillors agreed to spend £89million on road and footwaysmaintenance, including repairing potholes.
A further £91million will be spent on other road and transport schemes and £435,000 to tackle domestic violence.
Other spending plans include £1million on facilities for young people and £1.4million on care for people with physical and mental disabilities.
The authority will receive £30million less from the Government in the next financial year and needs to save at least £235million by 2017.