Locals have their say on council spending
Midlothian residents are being reminded that they still have time to have their say on how the council spends its money next year. Councillors are expected to agree their 2019/20 budget and set council tax levels on Tuesday 12 February.
Current estimates show that Midlothian Council will need £211.8 million to fund local services next year. However, this is likely to be £5.8 million short of what is needed.
“Around three-quarters of the funding for local services comes from the Scottish Government,” said Council Leader, Councillor Derek Milligan. “However, the amount we receive is being drastically reduced - despite the pressures we face from having the fastest growing population of any local authority area in Scotland.
“As well as asking local people what they think our spending priorities should be, we’re asking them what we could do differently to save money and to fund key services."