Richmondshire District Councillors look set to keep council tax rises to a minimum this year with an increase of just £3.60 a year for an average Band D property.
The rise – to £215 – is lower than the 2017 and 2018 rises and equates to a 1.7% rise.
The authority’s Corporate Board tonight (Tuesday February 12) recommended the increase for approval by full council later this month.
Councillor Yvonne Peacock, Leader of the council said: “The income from council tax underpins all our priorities and enables us to maintain the delivery of our services. However we have still managed to make savings - through efficiencies - in this time of continually reducing government grants. This keeps the council tax at a low level, the increase being the lowest proposed across North Yorkshire and means we can keep the use of our reserves to a minimum.”
Corporate Board members also approved a budget of £6,162,900 for 2019/20 – agreeing to use £57,210 from the council taxpayers reserve to support it.
• This increase applies only to Richmondshire District Council’s tax requirement. The actual increase to a householder’s bill will be greater, subject to increases applied by North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and local Town/Parish Councils.
• Richmondshire District Council is responsible for the billing and collection of council tax on behalf of all these authorities.