Local authority freezes tax for third year running
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Finance
A local authority has frozen its council tax for the third year running.
Hambleton District Council says ordinarily it would be looking at a rise of £2.24 a year - but the increase will not be passed on to residents as central government will pick up some of the extra cost.
For the third year in a row it will partly fund rises set below two percent - effectively freezing rates for taxpayers.
Without the freeze the council’s element of council tax would be £91.72 a year for a Band D property, but residents will actually be charged £89.48.
“Once again our taxpayers will not be footing the small annual increase. They are effectively getting a tax freeze – invaluable in this hard financial climate,” said Council Leader, Councillor Neville Huxtable. “This strategy still means Hambleton is the third lowest charging authority in the country.”
Hambleton’s cabinet approved the rise this week, and members of full council will be asked to ratify the decision next week.
When charges for North Yorkshire County Council, parishes, the police and fire authorities are added to the bill the council tax for an average Band D property is expected to be £1,448.08.