Millions of pounds would still have to be cut from Vale of Glamorgan services even if residents face further tax hikes, a “stark” new report has warned.
The council would have to save between £10.470m and £14.986m over the next three years if annual council tax rises stay at 4.9% – the rate it rose by this year.
But if the council chooses greater council tax rises in line with the average for Wales – 6% – the authority would still be forced to make £3.747m and £8.263m of savings.
It comes as the council – which has had to save more than £55m in the past 10 years – is consulting on the level of tax next year.
The authority faces a possible budget deficit of £6m for the next financial year.
Council leader Neil Moore told the cabinet on October 7 the authority faces a “stark reality”.
He said: “People have to realise in the last 10 years we have made savings of over £55m and we need to make £15m savings within the next three years. Things are getting harder.”
The predictions – for the years 2019-20 to 2022-23 – assumes there will be a cash neutral or 1% reduction in the council’s annual settlement from Welsh Government.
The council’s budget for this financial year was £226m and the authority set itself a savings target of £3.8m.
Matt Discombe covers Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan as part of the BBC's Local Democracy Reporter project, which is aimed at enhancing reporting from local authorities across the UK.