Uttlesford District Council adds to residents’ tax bills

16:13 04 February 2016

Uttlesford District Council headquarters on London Road, Saffron Walden.

Uttlesford District Council headquarters on London Road, Saffron Walden.

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An increase of one per cent, an extra £1.40 a year for the Band D property is being sought by Uttlesford District Council.

The council says this will allow it to protect the services that matter most to Uttlesford residents.

Despite a significant reduction in government funding, the council says its budget for 2016-17 will see extra support put into a number of services, including refuse and street cleansing, and the health and wellbeing agenda.

If the rise is approved, it will be the first in the district council portion of the Council Tax bill since 2010.

It will also be below the maximum level of 3.35 per cent that could have been levied.

The police budget has been put up by the maximum 3.36 per cent meaning an increase of £4.96 a year for the average, Band D property and the fire service increase is 1.9 per cent or £1.26 a year for a Band D home.

In Saffron Walden, there will be an extra £25 annually for the town council and in Dunmow, the rate will be go down by £1.22.

The precept for Essex County Council will go up by £43.38.

That means people in Saffron Walden will pay £76 extra and residents in Dunmow will pay will have an increase of £49.78.

Councillor Simon Howell, cabinet member for finance, said: “We know we are going to have to be smarter about how we deliver our services and more imaginative about how we can generate more income from our assets.”

Cllr Howell added he wanted the district to be the lowest

costing in the county.

He said the proposals were in line with the feedback received in the latest budget and priority consultation in September.

The proposals will be discussed by the scrutiny committee on Tuesday, February 9, before going on to the cabinet on February 16 and then full council for approval on February 25.

Details at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/budget2016-17.

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