Christchurch council increase share of council tax by 1.95%

Bournemouth Echo: Cllr Mike Duckworth Cllr Mike Duckworth

CHRISTCHURCH council have increased their share of the council tax by 1.95 per cent for the next year.

It will mean an increase of just under £4 per year for residents living in a band D property.

In his speech to the council, Cllr Mike Duckworth portfolio holder for performance, said: “We believe that it is right to apply small but affordable increases of below £4 per annum to council tax to significantly protect the income needed to continue the services we intend to deliver in the future.

“It will also protect our tax payers from the probability of a large increase in the near future when we could be approaching what our auditors Grant Thornton call the ‘tipping point’.”

He added: “I believe that we have a better degree of control over the future because of the difficult yet necessary decisions we have made.”

The increase of 1.95 per cent will see Christchurch council’s element of the Council Tax for a Band D property set at £181.45, increased from £177.98 in 2013/14.

The total council tax payable for a Band D property, including contributions to Dorset County Council, Dorset Police and Dorset Fire Authority, will be £1,626.67.

For residents in the parish of Hurn it will be £1,653.54 and residents of the parish of Burton £1,638.45.

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1:20pm Thu 27 Feb 14

skydriver says...

What a cheek, there is no reason for this, other than to help pay for the new car the mayor had earlier this year .
What a cheek, there is no reason for this, other than to help pay for the new car the mayor had earlier this year . skydriver
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1:26pm Thu 27 Feb 14

twynham says...

Strange figure, 1.95%.
Oh yes, because Cameron has told Councils to "freeze" Council Tax any increase of 2% or above has to go to a referendum.
Probably a good move in that case!
Strange figure, 1.95%. Oh yes, because Cameron has told Councils to "freeze" Council Tax any increase of 2% or above has to go to a referendum. Probably a good move in that case! twynham
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2:44pm Thu 27 Feb 14

coster says...

Why not 1.99%?, you really are slipping, after all you know we think you are worth every penny!.
Why not 1.99%?, you really are slipping, after all you know we think you are worth every penny!. coster
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6:40pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

We are all in this together and should all budget within our means, except for Christchurch Council that is, got to keep their pensions up to date and keep the numerous jobs worth's in employment.
We are all in this together and should all budget within our means, except for Christchurch Council that is, got to keep their pensions up to date and keep the numerous jobs worth's in employment. Hessenford
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5:35pm Fri 28 Feb 14

FrogKiss says...

So our Tory council go against the party line, and don't take the 1% incentive to freeze. Making sure ofc to stay under the 2% referendum increase. So what will they spend the extra £2 phh on? Perhaps prosecute the developers who damaged our trees!
So our Tory council go against the party line, and don't take the 1% incentive to freeze. Making sure ofc to stay under the 2% referendum increase. So what will they spend the extra £2 phh on? Perhaps prosecute the developers who damaged our trees! FrogKiss
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