Councillors agree tax rise for Uttlesford

PUBLISHED: 13:38 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 31 May 2010

UTTLESFORD households will face a tax hike of just under five per cent this April after councillors agreed the budget last night (Tuesday February 19). At a full meeting of Uttlesford District Council (UDC), held at the council offices in Saffron Walden,

UTTLESFORD households will face a tax hike of just under five per cent this April after councillors agreed the budget last night (Tuesday February 19).

At a full meeting of Uttlesford District Council (UDC), held at the council offices in Saffron Walden, members agreed a tax rise of 4.979 per cent - a fraction under the Government's limit.

The maximum increase was imposed by the council to help the cash-strapped authority balance the books and cope with the £1.8 million overspend in the 2008/9 budget.

Chairman of the finance and administration committee Cllr Robert Chambers warned members that "this year is going to be extremely difficult, but we have to make the budget stick."

Council leader Cllr Jim Ketteridge said: "The setting of this budget means the council has turned a corner and can now focus on delivering good quality services to the people of Uttlesford.

"The agreed budget is sound, sensible and prudent and allows us to continue delivering those services. There has been a great deal of hard work from members and officers to ensure the council's finances are put back on an even keel."

From April a family living in a typical band D property will pay the district council a sum of £136.62, which equates to an extra 12.5p a week, or £6.48 a year.

Essex County Council's (ECC's) 4.2 per cent precept increase means that the same household will have to find an extra 82p a week or £42.64 a year - taking the bill for ECC's services up to £1046.59.

Essex Police Authority have increased their precept by 4.95 per cent, which means a band D property will pay £122.22 - an increase of 11p a week, or £5.76 on last year - towards police funding.

Band D households will now pay Essex County Fire and Rescue Service £62.28 - an increase of 3.9 per cent on last year.

Depending on where you live, the town or parish council will also add a precept to the total tax bill.

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