Coun­cil Tax kept as one of low­est in coun­try

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

TEWKES­BURY Bor­ough Coun­cil has agreed a bud­get for 2019/2020 which keeps its Coun­cil Tax rate at one of the very low­est in the coun­try.

On Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 19, full coun­cil ap­proved a £8.77mil­lion bud­get, which in­cludes in­creas­ing Coun­cil Tax by the equiv­a­lent of £5 per year for a band D prop­erty.

The move from £114.36 to £119.36 per year will mean bor­ough coun­cil ser­vices will cost just 9.6 pence ex­tra per week for the av­er­age band D house­hold.

These ser­vices in­clude: waste and re­cy­cling col­lec­tions, flood de­fence work, plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment, parks and green spa­ces, food safety in­spec­tions, ben­e­fits ad­vice, hous­ing, elec­tions, and more.

Coun­cil­lor Ron Furolo, lead mem­ber for fi­nance and as­set man­age­ment, said: “Even with an in­crease of £5 a year on a band D prop­erty, our bor­ough still has one of the low­est Coun­cil Tax rates in the coun­try.

“We have worked re­ally hard over the last few years to keep the bor­ough coun­cil’s share of the Coun­cil Tax charge as low as pos­si­ble, while main­tain­ing the ser­vices that res­i­dents care so much about.”

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