Local Businesses and traders can hear from senior figures at Runnymede Borough Council about how the authority intends to spend Business Rates during a meeting later this month.
The Budget Consultation Forum breakfast is organised by Business Runnymede, and is open to any business, firm or trader who pays Business Rates and is based in the Borough.
The Council's Assistant Chief Executive Peter McKenzie will talk through the Council's proposed budget, demonstrating how the Council's share of Business Rates are used.
The Council is responsible for collecting rates payments from businesses, but only keeps four per cent of the money, and is required to pass the rest to Surrey County Council and Central Government.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Nick Prescot, Chief Executive, Paul Turrell and representatives from Business Runnymede will be speaking at the forum to share details on major events and developments in the Borough, as well as the Council's efforts to grow the economy with stakeholders and partner organisations.
During the event, business owners can add their views to how the Council can stimulate the local economy and comment on the future proposals for expenditure over the forthcoming 20/21 financial year. Comments will be passed on to councillors when they vote on budget proposals in February.
Mr McKenzie said: "The Business Rates payments we receive are an important element of our overall budget, together with Council Tax and income from fees, charges and other sources.
"We're open about how we spend money to support local people and improve our economy, so this meeting is an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to hear from us and also to give their views."
There will also be the opportunity to hear from speakers and enjoy the networking opportunity over a buffet-style breakfast.
Date: Thursday 23 January
Location: Runnymede Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH
For further information, the full morning agenda and to confirm your attendance, click eventbrite.
All business rate payers are encouraged to attend the consultation to share how they believe the Council can create opportunities that the whole community can share.
As well as talking to businesses, the Council also wants to hear from residents and invite them to share their views at one of the following forums:
Date: Tuesday 14 January
Location: United Church, Egham High Street
Date: Monday 27 January
Location: Chertsey Society, St Peters Church Hall
The Full Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 11 February where the final budget and Council Tax is set will be decided. This is open to the general public and free to attend.