Carmarthenshire Council must cut £16m in 3 years
FURTHER savings of almost £16 million need to be made by Carmarthenshire Council over the next three years.
The authority's provisional budget proposals for 2013-2016 sets out the pressures faced by the council and identifies areas for potential savings.
The report presented to members also indicated a council tax increase of 4.14 per cent for next year if further changes were not made.
Yesterday the executive board said it felt the tax increase was too high and asked for officers to look again at the budget.
Councillor Mair Stephens said: "We would like to bring that figure to under 3 per cent, we are facing tough times, but so is everyone and we want to minimise the impact on the council tax payer."
The vast majority of the savings listed in the report can be achieved through managerial actions, the rest will be policies that councillors will need to take decisions on.
Executive board member for resources Jeff Edmunds said the authority's budget is likely to become tighter over coming years adding it is "likely to be facing some difficult decisions in the coming months."
The executive board approved the budget strategy to go out for consultation, it will go before all scrutiny committees, the public, businesses and trade unions.