Norfolk adds 2.9 per cent to council tax
Council tax payers are facing another increase next year in Norfolk County Council’s share of their bills.
The county this week agreed a 2.9 per cent increase – the biggest it is allowed by the Government without having to stage a referendum.
The increase means owners of band D properties will be paying £1,362 for county services next year.
On top of that, there will be a 10 per cent increase in the police levy – which works out at £24 on a band D property, as well as district and town or parish council levies.
In Diss, the town council levy is going up by 8.8 per cent – an increase of £16.45 per household.
The council has explained that nearly half the increase is to cover the cost of taking over the Mere’s Mouth toilets and 227 of the town’s street lights from South Norfolk Council.
Harleston Parish Council has managed to freeze its levy, meaning its portion of the total bill for a Band D property is £194.96.
The district council rate – the final element in the total bill for south Norfolk council tax payers – will be set next week.
It is expected to set a rate of £150 on a band D property – an increase of £5 a year.
If the South Norfolk rate is agreed, the total county and district council rate and the police levy for a band D property will amount to £1,765.
When the average for the town and parish councils is added on, the total will come to £1,843.73p – an average increase of £71.09, or 4.01 per cent.
County councillors spent three hours last Monday debating the tax rise – and that was only after their meeting had been delayed for four hours by climate change protesters.
The Conservative-controlled council’s budget was approved after amendments tabled by Labour and the Liberal Democrats were defeated.
Council leader Andrew Proctor said: “The budget is balanced and robust and allocates our resources across Norfolk’s people and communities in the best way we can, while protecting frontline services the people of Norfolk rely on so dearly.”