Council tax demands now due after householders receive bills

March 28 2017

HOUSEHOLDERS will have to start paying their newly set council tax bills in April after local authorities set their budgets for 2017-18.

HOUSEHOLDERS will have to start paying their newly set council tax bills in April after local authorities set their budgets for 2017-18.

South Gloucestershire Council agreed a 4.99 per cent increase in its tax, comprising a 1.99 per cent general increase and a further three per cent to cover the increasing costs of adult social care.

The council’s revenue budget of £193.25 million for 2017-18 covers the cost of the day-to-day running of services, with £213 million agreed for capital investment. That makes an average charge for a band-D property of £1,359.62 for the council’s element of bills - before the addition of precepts for the police, fire service, town and parish councils and, in some areas, special expenses.

Thornbury Town Council said it would be investing in a range of projects, services and facilities after setting its budget, which will see expenditure of £700,000.

Of that sum, £594,000 will be met from council tax and the remainder from income and use of council reserves.

It said that was an increase of £22.11 per household for the year or 43 pence per week for the average band D household.

Its plans for the forthcoming year include starting a programme of play area refurbishment and replacement, resurfacing the car park at the Mundy Playing Fields and redecoration of the exterior of the town hall.

Two key projects involve starting to establish a neighbourhood plan for the town, which will give local people a greater say on new development, and looking at the feasibility of improved community facilities either at the Armstrong Hall or a potential extension to the Turnberries complex.