Monday, 23 October 2017

Council tax to rise

RESIDENTS of Henley are set to pay more in council tax this year.

From April 1, the charge will rise between one and two per cent, meaning an average band D property will pay about £22 a year more to around £1,555.

This is because Oxfordshire County Council is planning to raise its share of council tax by 1.99 per cent.

Henley Town Council has already decided to raise its share of the tax by 2.2 per cent, an increase of £1.86 to £87 a year.

South Oxfordshire District Council will reduce its share of tax by 2.5 per cent for the third year running, reducing the average bill by about £2, when it sets its budget next month.

The rest of the tax is made up of the charge by Thames Valley Police.

The district council is the only council in Oxfordshire planning to lower its rate.

Its share of tax is currently the 14th lowest in England and the reduction will mean it will drop the council into the lowest 10.

Council leader Ann Ducker said: “Our mantra here is the best possible services at the lowest possible cost.”

“To deliver this we constantly look for ways to improve efficiency, cut out waste and increase income. I think that we run this more like a business than a local authority and staff and councillors have bought into this approach.

“Like any business, our customers are at the heart of what we do. We have very high levels of resident satisfaction and take very seriously our responsibilities towards those who are less fortunate.”

Councillor Ducker, who represents Goring, added: “There is too much money wasted in local government and others could do worse than learn from our example.”

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