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District Council tax set to rise for Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh despite £2million less spend

Contributed by editor on Feb 24, 2017 - 10:25 AM

Shepway District Council has agreed its budget for 2017/18 with a less than 2% increase for householders but with a £2million less spend.
 

 


A Full Meeting of Shepway District Council on Wednesday 22 February agreed that Shepway’s share of Council Tax for the average Band D home will rise by 9p a week.

Councillors unanimously agreed to the proposed budget, which sets out the council’s plans to spend just under £16m on services. This represents a cut of around £2m on last year’s budget.

£1.6 million reserves invested

 

The council also agreed to invest £1.6 m of its reserves to support capital projects. The council will need to raise £9m through council tax and this means that Shepway District Council’s part of the bill for the average council tax will increase by 1.91% to £237.01.

Shepway is responsible for collecting the council tax for Kent County Council, the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, the Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Service and the Town and Parish Councils. These organisations set their own budgets and Shepway cannot change these amounts. Only around 15% of the council tax bill ends up with Shepway District Council to pay for its services.

Financially self-sufficient

 

Cllr Susan Carey, Cabinet Member for Finance, (pictured top of page) said: “As our Government grant reduces we must rely more on income raised locally and our financial strategy plans do this. This budget is another step towards a financially self-sufficient council that continues to deliver the services our residents both expect and rely on.

 

Savings

"Making more of our services available online is helping us make savings and making life easier for our residents. This means we’ve been able to keep the increase to just 9p a week for the average Band D council tax band.”

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