RESIDENTS in Uttoxeter are set to see a 3.48 per cent rise in their next council tax bill. Despite Uttoxeter Town Council deciding a slight decrease in their precept, other authorities whose precepts also make up the council tax bill, have announced increases this year resulting in an overall 3.48 per cent increase for Uttoxeter residents. East Staffordshire Borough Council, which bills residents for council tax in the area, has published the rates for the 2019/20 council tax for each of the wards.
A Band D property in Uttoxeter Town Ward will be paying £1,801.98 council tax for the 2019/20 financial year. Going from last year’s bill for the same Band D category in the same ward, which was £1,739.19, the bill has increased by £62.79, which is a rise of 3.48 per cent.
Every Uttoxeter Town ward household’s council tax bill is made up of precepts (bills) from Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, East Staffordshire Borough Council, and Uttoxeter Town Council.
Uttoxeter Town Council decreased its precept for 2019/20 by 0.038 per cent.
The gross precept requirement for the 2019/20 financial year was agreed by town councillors as £318,228.
After deducting the Support Tax Grant each council gains from the Government, which for Uttoxeter Town Council will be £23,695, the net precept for 2019/20 is £294,533.
The council’s 2018/19 net precept was £294,645, resulting in a reduction of £112 for the next financial year.
East Staffordshire Borough Council has increased its precept by 2.99 per cent which will result in Band D property seeing their 2019/20 borough council precept increase by £5 to £172.30 a year.
A spokesman for ESBC said: “This is the first time in 10 years ESBC has increased its element of the charge, which is now below the national average.”
Staffordshire County Council has increased its precept by 2.95 per cent – which equates to around an additional 10p per day for an average Band D property.
The increase was decided in order to “close a £35million forecasted shortfall in the next financial year.”
Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “By taking early, decisive action we are now in a position, not only to deliver a balanced budget for 2019/20, but also have put in place a robust financial plan for the next five years.”
Staffordshire Police has increased its precept by 12 per cent, which will result in a Band D property seeing their 2019/20 police service precept increase by £24 to £216.56 a year.
Staffordshire’s Commissioner for Police and Crime, Matthew Ellis, said of the increase: “As someone who supports lower taxes, asking for more locally doesn’t sit well with me.
“It is however time to bolster policing and recruit more officers.
“Over the next 18 months 140 warranted officers will go back to the most local neighbourhood policing.”
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said: “This increase in funding will help to stabilise the force’s finances and support the ongoing programmes of change within Staffordshire Police.”
Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service has increased its precept by 2.99 per cent, which will result in a Band D property seeing their 2019/20 fire service precept increase by £2.20 to £75.73 a year.
A spokesman for the service said: “The money is channelled into delivering our three priorities; education and engagement, community safety and wellbeing, and planning resilience and response.
“Underpinning all of these priorities is a commitment to collaborate with other organisations where there is an opportunity to provide a better or more efficient service to our communities.”
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