Council tax in Devon could rise by almost 4% to help pay for adult social care. Devon councillors will be meeting today (12 February) to vote on whether to raise the tax.
But alongside the rase cutbacks are being proposed - among the possible targets are school's lollipop services. A decision which has attracted heavy criticism.
The 4% rise could take the average council taxpayer's bill for county council services to £1,207.62.
The rise will help to pay for the Government's increase in the minimum wage, which would cost the council over £7 million more in care costs.
The extra money will go on a range of services though, including adult social care and flooding resilience.
It was confirmed this week that Devon would get an extra £8.4 million in rural support and other grants for 2016/17 from the Government. It makes Devon County Council the fourth highest beneficiary in the country.
Devon is now set to spend over £443 million on services in the new financial year.
With councillors deciding last month to accept the Government‘s offer to increase council tax by 2% to help pay for adult social care, today Devon residents could have an extra 4% added to their council tax in the near future too.