Rugby Borough Council raises tax for first time in seven years - The Rugby Observer

Rugby Borough Council raises tax for first time in seven years

Rugby Editorial 24th Feb, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

TAX set by Rugby Borough Council (RBC) is set to rise for the first time in seven years.

RBC’s share of Council Tax – around eight pence in every pound collected – will rise by £5 per year for a band D property, to £131.42 a year.

Total average bills for a Band D property in the Rugby town area will increase by around £57, after Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire Police voted to raise their shares.

Coun Michael Stokes, Leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: “I am very mindful that the council is funded by taxpayers and must always spend their money wisely.

“No-one welcomes a tax rise, but I hope that residents will agree that at less than eight pence in every pound of council tax collected, Rugby Borough Council offers exceptional value for money.

“While other councils have found that they have had to cut services, prudent financial management over many years has meant that we have been able to improve services while serving a growing population and becoming increasingly efficient.”

Announcing its annual budget for 1016-17, the council has committed funds of £150,000 to improvements to the town centre, to be funded by business rates from Elliott’s Field and Technology Drive shopping parks.

It also earmarked £100,000 to support one-off investment in digitalisation and measures that will generate income and increase efficiency in future years, helping the council become financially self-sufficient by 2020.

And to save £200,000 from 2017/18, the council will reduce the number of Executive Directors from two to one and the number of Heads of Service from six to four.

Coun Stokes continued: “This council already has a good track record of generating income. If we want to protect our services and become financially self-sufficient, we must enhance our income streams and explore new ways and new opportunities of generating income.”

Rugby Borough Council’s share of council tax has been frozen in recent years, though the council gave residents a one-off rebate of £3.83, or three per cent, in 2014. The freeze has been equivalent to a real-term cut of around 18 per cent, or £124 per household.

Around 76 per cent of resident’s council tax goes to the county council to pay for expensive services such as highways and education.

The rest goes to the police, to parish councils or the town area special expense.


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