Cotswold sets Council Tax for 2006/07

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Cotswold sets Council Tax for 2006/07

Cotswold District Council today set its Council Tax for the coming financial year.

The Council has added £3.15 to its share of the annual average bill (Band D), a 2.5% increase.

This is a 1% reduction on the original 3.5% increase proposed when it agreed its budget in January.

The Council decided to use £46,000 of a last-minute £317,000 grant from the Government's Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme (LABGI) to reduce its share of the bill.

The level of LABGI grant – a new scheme which rewards local councils for economic growth in their areas - was announced this month. Cotswold District Council has received the highest grant in the county.

Council Leader Cllr Julie Girling said: "Residents of the Cotswolds have a right to expect us to keep Council Tax as low as we can. When we learned very late in the day that we had received this windfall, we felt it was only right to return part of it to the tax payers. The remainder of the grant will remain in reserves until the Council considers how best to spend it."

Gloucestershire County Council has increased its Council Tax by 3.5%, or £32.23 per year for a Band D property, while the Gloucestershire Police Authority has increased its bill by £8.06 (4.9%) at Band D.

The total average (Band D) tax, made up of these three elements, will be £1,255.47 - a £43.44 (3.6%) increase on the current year's tax. In addition, the majority of residents pay a sum to their parish, which varies across the District.

Cllr Girling added: "Drawing up the Council's budget is a challenging task. We are working hard to deliver quality services while dealing with the extra responsibilities placed on us by central Government."

"We also have to meet rising costs while trying to limit increases in fees and charges for many of our services. This has made our position very difficult but we are certain our spending reflects our priorities of environment and heritage, homes, access to services, waste management and financial control."

The Band D bill for residents of the District is as follows:

Gloucestershire County Council: £955.23

Cotswold District Council: £129.28

Gloucestershire Police Authority: £170.96

Total excluding parish: £1,255.47

Posted : 28/02/2006 13:41:32

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