Richmondshire councillors agree 1.7% council tax rise

Richmondshire District Council's offices at Mercury House.

Richmondshire councillors have confirmed they are setting a 1.7 per cent increase in their share of the council tax bill.

The rise is £3.60 a year for an average Band D property which would £215.00 a year.

The authority’s full council approved the rise last night.

Th independent councillors voted against the rise, with Cllr Stuart Parsons proposing a zero increase.

This was rejected by the Conservatives.

Councillor Yvonne Peacock, leader of the council, said: “Through continual efficiencies we are able to levy the lowest council tax rise in the county.

“Householders are faced with rises from other agencies and we want to help them by making our part of the bill as low as possible.

“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, and are keeping the use of our reserves to underpin the budget to a minimum.”

Councillors also approved a budget of £6,162,900 for 2019/20 – agreeing to use £53,610 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 once 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.