Council tax bills over the border

Politics / Tue 14th Mar 2017 at 05:45pm

AFTER managing to reduce or freeze its council tax charge for the past six years, East Herts Council is raising council tax by 2% this year, due to continued reductions in central government funding. However this is less than the maximum the council could have applied, which is 3.2%, based on limits set by government. The 2% increase represents 6p a week for Band D properties – that works out at £3.12 annually.

East Herts Council collects all the council tax but keeps only 10% of the total, with the balance going to Hertfordshire County Council (77%), Hertfordshire Police Authority (9%) and the town or parish council (4%).

When setting the budget and council tax for the new financial year, councillors agreed that its aims are to:

· Invest in key services

· Invest in capital schemes to reduce running costs in the long term

· Consider the impact of fees and charges on people to keep rises as low as possible

· Make sure our budget is prudent, sensible, sustainable and value for money for council tax payers.

Geoffrey Williamson, executive member for finance, said: “It’s no secret that council budgets are under increasing pressure as the amount of funding we receive from government reduces. Good financial management over many years means that a very small rise in our council tax will meet our needs this year.”

Hertfordshire County Council’s share of the bill is set to rise by £59.21(5%) for Band D this year. This is largely because it needs to raise more money to cover the cost of social care.

The total bill for Band D homes in the five East Herts towns are:

Bishop’s Stortford £1624.61
Buntingford £1655.62
Hertford £1651.13
Sawbridgeworth £1629.34
Ware £1636.86

Bills will be posted out to residents during the first two weeks of March.

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