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Council merger could mean higher tax bills for residents

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A pair of councils could merge to form one single authority due to "huge financial pressures" – but the move could mean higher tax bills for some residents.

South Hams and West Devon councils are considering joining forces, with a formal proposal to be put to councillors later this month. Bosses say this could help to deal with a "dramatic" reduction in central government funding since 2010, which has left the councils facing a combined budget shortfall of £1.9million each year after 2020.

South Hams leader John Tucker says there would be "severe consequences" if he cannot produce a balanced budget, suggesting his council could "run out of money".

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