Hart sets its budget for 2017/18

At the Full Council meeting on Thursday 23 February Hart District Council agreed a small increase to the district element of the Council Tax.

From April 2017 a householder with an average band D property will see the Hart District Council element of their annual bill increase by just over 9 pence a week.

Speaking about the increase, Cllr Ken Crookes, Cabinet Member for Finance and Economic Development at Hart District Council, said: “This increase is in light of a significant reduction in Government revenue support grant (85%) and is necessary to protect the services that are important to residents. Our grant from the Government will be phased out altogether from 2018/19. We have made a number of efficiency savings through renegotiating existing contracts but over the next few years we will look for more opportunities to make savings and efficiencies whilst working hard to deliver better services at a lower cost.” 

Although the Council collects all of the Council Tax, it actually retains as little as 10%, with some going to the local parish councils but the greatest share goes to Hampshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, and Hampshire Fire and Rescue. 

For more information on Council Tax please visit www.hart.gov.uk/council-tax

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