Richmondshire District Council plans 1.7% council tax increase

Restrictions are in place at Richmondshire District Council's office at Mercury House.

Richmondshire district councillors plan to increase their share of the council tax by t£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 per cent rise.

The authority’s corporate board last night 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.