By the time you read this, the consultation round for next year's budget (and hence next year's Council Tax) will have started. The format of the consultation will change slightly because we listened to the criticism you made of last year's process. You told us that you saw little point in asking people to opt for the options we gave you last year - four, five or six per cent. You saw little significant differences in the prices. You knew that the cuts necessary for four per cent were so vicious that most of our councillors could not have accepted them, and at six per cent there would have been a significant chance that the Government would cap us.