RISING fuel prices will cost the borough an extra £50,000 this year.
That was the advice given to the council’s resources committee before it agreed to the additional funds.
But borough leader Cllr Justin Madders has already ruled out pruning frontline council services to pay for the spiralling fuel costs.
Head of financial services Alan Hill told the committee: “The price of fuel and energy have seen unprecedented rises in recent months.
“The rises will impact on costs. In overall terms, these are estimated at an additional £50,000 for 2008/09.”
He added this figure was their “best guess” based on prices three weeks ago.
Cllr Madders told the meeting: “Hopefully it won’t impact on us as greatly as has been thought, but we need to consider this again at the end of the half year (in September).”
Committee chairman Cllr Joe O’Rourke said of the sum agreed: “Yes, £50,000 should cover it.”
Earlier this month, the Pioneer told how councils across Wales had warned their residents that services would definitely be hit by fuel prices.
Commenting on this at the time, Cllr Madders (Lab, Ledsham), said: “Cuts to services would be the last thing I’d be looking to do.
“A couple of things have come under-budget at the council recently, so we have some stock (spare cash) in the system.
“My wish is that we maintain at least the existing service levels we finance and maybe even end on a flourish when we merge into a big new council in April 2009.”