Cotswold DC sets council tax for 2007/08

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Cotswold DC sets council tax for 2007/08

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

The Council has added 3.23 to its share of the annual average bill (Band D), a 2.5% increase.

The Council decided to use 48,000 of a 398,000 grant from the Government's Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme (LABGI) to reduce its share of the bill.

Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said: "We are pleased to be able to propose such a small increase, despite facing increasing pressures on our budget many of which are outside our control. This is one of the lowest increases in the country."

Cllr Stowe added that Cotswold District Council is also adding an extra 25,000 one-off increase to the street cleansing budget, which includes sweeping and litter picking, as part of its campaign to Keep The Cotswolds Clean.

Gloucestershire County Council has increased its Council Tax by 3.4%, or 32.79 per year for a Band D property, while the Gloucestershire Police Authority has increased its bill by 8.53 (5%) at Band D.

The total average (Band D) tax, made up of these three elements, will be 1300.02 - a 44.55 (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 Stowe added: "We are working hard to deliver quality services without placing too heavy a burden on our residents. We're achieving this by changing the way we provide services, cutting back on bureaucracy and becoming more efficient.

"Drawing up the budget is a challenging task but we are certain our spending reflects our priorities of environment & 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: 988.02
Cotswold District Council: 132.51
Gloucestershire Police Authority: 179.49
Total excluding parish: 1,300.02

Posted : 07/03/2007 10:51:18

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