Rise in county's council tax not yet ruled out

Essex County Standard: County council leader David Finch. County council leader David Finch.

A RISE in council tax charged by County Hall has not been ruled out by the authority’s leader.

No decisions have yet been made, but councillor David Finch said Essex County Council would look at the option “extremely carefully”.

Senior county councillor John Jowers had hinted during a Tiptree Parish Council meeting a rise of 1.9 per cent could be on the cards for next year.

A Band D home currently pays £1,086.75 to the county council in council tax each year, in addition to levies set by district and parish councils and Essex Police.

If the county council's tax demand increased by 1.9 per cent, it would mean a rise of £20.65 on its levy.

Mr Finch said: “The services we provide will cost £2.2billion this year and less than a quarter of it comes from council tax.

“We have managed to freeze council tax bills for three years in a row, but councils across the country are going to have to look at whether it can be sustained, given continued reduction in funding.

“In Essex, we are faced with having to make at least £215million savings over the next three years.

“Introducing any increase to the council tax is a difficult decision to take and we haven’t taken it yet, but it’s something virtually every council will be looking at extremely carefully.

“What is important is we talk to people in the county about those decisions, about what we spend, howwe spend it and how we fund those services, which is what our Let’s Talk campaign has been about.”

Spending plans are usually presented and voted on by cabinet in early January with the budget being formally passed by the full council in February.

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9:14am Tue 26 Nov 13

Kim Gandy says...

They can do one.

They are turning the street lights off to save £1million after spending £6.6 million.

We did not ask for that. That was Rodney Bass's barmpot idea.

No WAY do we owe more council tax. We have fewer police, fewer bin collections and now no street lights after midnight.

They really are taking the p***.
They can do one. They are turning the street lights off to save £1million after spending £6.6 million. We did not ask for that. That was Rodney Bass's barmpot idea. No WAY do we owe more council tax. We have fewer police, fewer bin collections and now no street lights after midnight. They really are taking the p***. Kim Gandy

12:49pm Tue 26 Nov 13

Bhudeeka says...

kim I totally agree with you
kim I totally agree with you Bhudeeka

4:03pm Tue 26 Nov 13

SamH67 says...

Kim Gandy - exactly my thoughts too!
Kim Gandy - exactly my thoughts too! SamH67

5:07pm Tue 26 Nov 13

jim_bo says...

Run that past me again?

You want me to pay more tax for less services, oh yes that sounds good.

Time for a bigger broom at County Hall methinks!
Run that past me again? You want me to pay more tax for less services, oh yes that sounds good. Time for a bigger broom at County Hall methinks! jim_bo

5:57pm Tue 26 Nov 13

Howard Cháse says...

They gotta pay for the big christmas bunfights and bonuses somehow
They gotta pay for the big christmas bunfights and bonuses somehow Howard Cháse

11:21pm Tue 26 Nov 13

Hamiltonandy says...

Perhaps a referendum for people to put priorities on council services. Top of the list has to be good educational facilities. Waste collection and good transport infrastructure should be near the top.
Perhaps a referendum for people to put priorities on council services. Top of the list has to be good educational facilities. Waste collection and good transport infrastructure should be near the top. Hamiltonandy

1:15pm Wed 27 Nov 13

paultheuver1 says...

People should realise that the 'Big Society' doesn't include Local and Central Government. A look at how much our County Councillors are costing will show that they are not just doing it for the good of society, and won't be doing something/anything for nothing.
In the published expenditure for October 2013, their basic pay alone was £71,978.91, with other payments and allowances the total for October was £128,610.32. A single Councillor claimed £606.15 for mileage, from the total of £3938.55 for October. See for yourself on the ECC website...
http://www.essex.gov
.uk/Your-Council/Cou
ncillors/Allowances/
Pages/Elected-member
s-expenses-and-allow
ances.aspx
People should realise that the 'Big Society' doesn't include Local and Central Government. A look at how much our County Councillors are costing will show that they are not just doing it for the good of society, and won't be doing something/anything for nothing. In the published expenditure for October 2013, their basic pay alone was £71,978.91, with other payments and allowances the total for October was £128,610.32. A single Councillor claimed £606.15 for mileage, from the total of £3938.55 for October. See for yourself on the ECC website... http://www.essex.gov .uk/Your-Council/Cou ncillors/Allowances/ Pages/Elected-member s-expenses-and-allow ances.aspx paultheuver1

3:53pm Wed 27 Nov 13

paultheuver1 says...

I have clicked on the link above (that I cut and paste from the address bar), and see that some blank spaces have been added (at the end of each line) to my comment, rendering the link totally useless.
If you would like to see what Councillors are receiving, the easiest way is to go to the Essex County Council website - type 'allowances' in the search field and enter - then click on the links.
I have clicked on the link above (that I cut and paste from the address bar), and see that some blank spaces have been added (at the end of each line) to my comment, rendering the link totally useless. If you would like to see what Councillors are receiving, the easiest way is to go to the Essex County Council website - type 'allowances' in the search field and enter - then click on the links. paultheuver1

12:37am Thu 28 Nov 13

Dark_Wolf says...

When are we gonna see the top dogs of the Councils cutting their spending on our taxes, reduce their pay to show they are with us? Seems to me we are funding their employment & getting next to nothing back but they want us to pay more.
When are we gonna see the top dogs of the Councils cutting their spending on our taxes, reduce their pay to show they are with us? Seems to me we are funding their employment & getting next to nothing back but they want us to pay more. Dark_Wolf

7:54am Thu 28 Nov 13

Hamiltonandy says...

Turkeys don't vote for Xmas! Councils are essentially a legal mafia where you are forced to pay whatever the elected dictatorship demands. Unfortunately most people do not care as long as the bins are emptied and the roads are repaired. You get the local authority you deserve.
Turkeys don't vote for Xmas! Councils are essentially a legal mafia where you are forced to pay whatever the elected dictatorship demands. Unfortunately most people do not care as long as the bins are emptied and the roads are repaired. You get the local authority you deserve. Hamiltonandy

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