Councillors at Blaby District Council have agreed to increase Council Tax by 1.99% after a consultation found almost 70% of respondents would be happy to pay slightly more if it meant keeping valuable services.
The rise equates to on average 6p more a week, or under £3 a year, and would go towards filling the shortfall the Council will face following substantial cuts in funding from Central Government so that services which are valued by local people can be safeguarded.
Blaby District Council receives only nine percent of the total Council Tax it collects from each household, which in total means it receives just over £4m of the £44m it collects in the district.
The rest is distributed to the County Council, Police, Fire and local parish councils.
Council Leader Ernie White said:
“We have not increased our part of the Council Tax for three years and continue to deliver some of the lowest cost services in the country whilst maintaining high levels of service and customer satisfaction.
“In 2013/14 we are expecting to spend £9.6m on our services but in 2014/15 we now know our core funding from central government is going to be reduced by more than £600,000.
“We’re committed to meeting the financial shortfall in a way that will minimise the impact on our residents and their response to the budget consultation was a powerful reason for the decision to increase Council Tax.”
Last month residents were asked to have their say on Council Tax and how the Council delivers its services in the future by taking part in the budget consultation.
The responses received showed almost 70% of respondents were in favour of increasing Council Tax by £3 or more to minimise the impact the reduction in funding may have on services provided to residents.
The results of the consultation will be used to help inform areas of spend that the Council might look to change to cope with future funding gaps, and further consultations will be carried out in future when more detailed plans are in place.
The decision to increase Council Tax by 1.99% was agreed at a full Council meeting on 20 February when the authority also set its budget for the next 12 months.
For more information on Council Tax visit www.blaby.gov.uk or see the leaflet which can be collected from the main council offices.