That equates to 10p more per week for a Band D household.
All councillors across political and independent groups – except for just one councillor who abstained – voted in favour of the small increase at the District Council’s annual budget meeting last night (4 March).
Although the District Council collects Council Tax on behalf of other councils, the police and fire & rescue service, it only keeps and spends around 11% of the total on the services it provides.
The biggest portion of Derbyshire Dales residents’ Council Tax (around 70%) goes to Derbyshire County Council.
Thursday’s meeting heard that in the financial year from 1 April 2021 Council Tax would fund 33% of the District Council's £19-million revenue budget. The biggest contributor will be sales, fees and charges (41%), with Business Rates (15%) and Government Grants (11%) making up the balance.
After the meeting, District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said:
“First, I want to assure our residents that while this is a relatively small increase in Council Tax we recognise that it could cause hardship in some households and I really do wish we could have avoided it.
“However, I was heartened that political group leaders across the authority accepted the reasons for the rise and voted to support a package of measures which demonstrate, once again, that this District Council punches above its weight.
“The 2.33% Council Tax increase will help fund a number of important projects including additional investment to meet the Council's zero carbon ambitions by 2030, investment in ensuring Dales towns and villages remain clean and green and investment to improve digital delivery to our customers.
“Residents are already aware that we are spending more on maintaining the frequency of their waste and recycling collections. The new waste contract, which started in August last year, is costing £1.1-million extra per year and we are grateful for the near 16,000 subscriptions to our new garden waste collection scheme, which helps to offset just over half of that additional cost.
“I’m proud to say there will be no further cuts to services in 2021/22.”
Watch the meeting again here: