Monday, 23 October 2017

Council tax rise of 1 per cent

RESIDENTS of Henley and South Oxfordshire will pay an average of about £24 more in council tax from April 1.

RESIDENTS of Henley and South Oxfordshire will pay an average of about £24 more in council tax from April 1.

An overall increase of one per cent will mean that the owner of a typical Band D home will pay £1594.40.

Oxfordshire County Council has increased its share of the tax by 1.99 per cent for the second year running.

South Oxfordshire District Council has reduced its share by three per cent ? the fourth consecutive year it has made a cut.

Henley Town Council has frozen its share of the tax and Thames Valley Police has increased its share.

John Cotton, leader of district council, said: ?There are very few councils which have been able to reduce their share of the council tax year on year in the way that we have. We appreciate that, as a result of the charges set by other authorities, people will not see a fall in the overall amount of council tax they have to pay but this shouldn?t detract from the fact that our council tax rate means the services we provide offer great value for money.?

William Hall, district council cabinet member for finance and who represents Henley, said: ?We are leading the way by showing that it is possible to provide real value for money for residents.

?While investing more funds in key services that support our local communities we are putting money back in the taxpayer?s pocket.?

Villages in Wokingham borough such as Charvil, Remenham, Warrgave and Crazies Hill will see there tax rise by between £1.40 and £4.17.

Householders in Caversham and Emmer Green will see a 1.92 per cent increase in the tax charged by Reading Borough Council, meaning a Band D householder will pay £1.589.36.

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