WATCH the broadcast on 7 March as meeting considers increasing by 10p a week the amount the average Derbyshire Dales household pays for District Council services.
The proposed increase in 2019/20 - £5 per year more for a Band D property - will be considered at the council's annual budget meeting, which will be broadcast live from 6pm on our YouTube channel.
Services provided by the District Council include waste and recycling collections, keeping streets clean, maintaining more than 30 parks and gardens, crime prevention and health initiatives, planning, licensing, helping local business and supporting local people at risk of homelessness.
The District Council collects Council Tax on behalf of other authorities but keeps only 11% of the total. The bulk of residents' Council Tax cash goes to Derbyshire County Council (70%), while Derbyshire Constabulary's share in 2019/20 will increase to 12%. The remainder funds the fire service and local town and parish councils.
The majority of homes in the Derbyshire Dales are rated in the lower bands A-D, and the proposed 2.45% increase would see a Band D property paying just over £209 a year for District Council services.
Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:
"Thanks to careful financial management and constantly reviewing the way we do things, we've achieved £2.3m savings since 2014.
“Increasing Council Tax is always a last option for this authority, but we continue to face significant cost pressures in the coming years, such as a new waste & recycling contract. It means that in 2020/21 we will need to reduce our expenditure by a further £400,000.
"But we battle on through the challenges to deliver the first class services Derbyshire Dales residents rightly expect."
The District Council has been presenting its spending plans at a series of February community forums at which residents heard that Council Tax will fund only a third of the authority’s total spending of £17.6 million in 2019/20. The biggest contributor to local services will be fees and charges (41% of the budget), with 17% coming from Business Rates and only 8% from central Government grants.
Waste & recycling collections account for the largest share of Council spending (23%), followed by keeping streets and parks clean and green (18%) and regeneration and tourism (13%).
The budget meeting will be held at 6pm at the Town Hall in Matlock on 7 March and the full report to the meeting can be viewed here [PDF 1.7MB].
Any member of the public wishing to speak at the meeting or make a representation must contact the council's Committee Section by 12 noon on 6 March by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01629 761133.
The table below shows the proposed Council Tax increases in all property bands (A-H) in 2019/20: