Average council tax bill in Thornbury will top £1,900
TAX payers will see their bill for basic South Gloucestershire Council services rise by an average of £43 this year.
The council has agreed a 2.99% increase in council tax, as it deals with an 11.2% drop in government funding.
That means an increase of £43.08 in the cost of council services to Band D tax payers, from £1,441.07 last year to £1,484.15 this year.
Added to that will be the cost of town or parish council services, which vary according to each area.
Council tax payers in Thornbury will see their bill for town council services rise by an average of less than £1.
The town council’s overall budget for the next 12 months from April will be £923,306 and of that total, £664,783 will be met from council tax. That is an increase of 6.7% on last year but the number of new homes built in the town means the tax base has increased, soaking up most of the rise. Council tax for the average band D household will go up by 97p a year – less than 2p a week.
Thornbury council tax payers’ bills also include a charge of £16.30 for “special expenses” – services provided by South Gloucestershire Council which are specific to the area and vary in each parish.
There will also be a rise in combined police and fire precepts, which will see these elements of Band D bills rise by £26.13, to £291.29.
It means the total bill for a Band D council tax payer in Thornbury will be more than £1,900.
South Gloucestershire Council will spend £221 million on services plus £86.7million on school buildings, roads and other infrastructure in the coming year.
A further £208m of ring-fenced education funding from the government will be passed on to schools.
The Conservative administration, whose budget was passed at a meeting on February 13, above, says it is investing “into the next generation”.
It has pledged more than £100m for school buildings, roads and highways during the next four years, promising a new primary school, two new special schools and a new M49 junction in Severn Beach.
The council will also receive some funding from other sources, including the West of England Combined Authority, and will spend £3m from its own reserves.
Some £6.3million is expected to be saved through an ongoing programme of spending cuts, the exact details of which remain unclear.
Council leader Toby Savage said: “We have put forward the largest funding commitments this council has ever made to our schools and to our roads, this administration’s two highest priorities.”
Liberal Democrat group leader Claire Young called the budget “a classic pre-election extend and pretend budget” which ignored the central issue of government underfunding.
Labour group leader Pat Rooney said the government reduction in the council’s funding of 11.2% was more than the national average decrease of 7.5% and added: “The primary cause of our financial problems is the Tories in Whitehall.”
The extra £24 per year added to Band D council tax bills for policing will for 100 more police officers, says police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
The increase represents a 12.4% rise in the Avon & Somerset Constabulary precept, which will go up from £193.81 to £217.81 for people living in a Band D home this year.
It is the maximum increase the Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Panel could impose and will generate an extra £15 million, which is being specifically used to recruit 100 additional officers and support a burglary, drugs and knife crime crackdown called Operation Remedy, which will run for three months from April to June.
The number of police officers in Avon & Somerset Constabulary will increase to 2,751 – the first time in a decade that the force’s front-line manpower will have increased – but that is still far below 2010, when it was 3,300.
Parish precept and special expenses charges in the Thornbury area (Band D taxpayers)
Tax revenue: £135,065
Special expenses charge: £2.01
Tax revenue: £54,690
Special expenses charge: £4.35
Tax revenue: £4,856
Special expenses charge: £0.18
Tax revenue: £6,731
Special expenses charge: £2.53
Tax revenue: £850
Special expenses charge: None
Tax revenue: £15,577
Special expenses charge: £0.23
Tax revenue: £60,885
Special expenses charge: £4.91
Tax revenue: £2,800
Special expenses charge: £3.65
Tax revenue: £664,783
Special expenses charge: £16.30
Tax revenue: £25,984
Special expenses charge: £9.18