Council tax goes up £5 a year

08:57 05 March 2013

(c) Adam Gault

The average householder in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton will pay an extra £4.66 a year on their council tax bill.

Bills will now soon start dropping onto householders doormats.

The increase equates to 46p extra in each of ten direct debit installments for a Band D property.

It will plug the Government funding gap in the fire service and ensure that police numbers in Devon and Cornwall does not fall below 3,000.

The annual council tax bill is calculated by East Devon District Council with the cash being shared out.

The lions share of the bill, 74 per cent, goes Devon County Council and councillors have voted not to increase this share this year.

Eight per cent goes to East Devon District Council (EDDC); at £121.78 per year for the average Band D property this sum has also not been increased.

And the precept for Exmouth Town Council, which is two per cent of the total bill, also remains the same.

However The Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority has approved a 1.99 per cent rise in its portion of council tax which is five per cent of the total bill.

The average Band D household will now pay £75.39 instead of £73.92, an increase of £1.47.

While The Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel agreed to raise the policing part of the council tax precept, 11 per cent of the bill, by two per cent.

This equates to an increase of £3.19 per household per year.

The fire precept increase comes their government grant was reduced by 17.6 per cent over two years, a total of £5.6 million.

Cllr Mark Healey, chairman of the Authority, said: “We have the highest number of fire stations and fire engines in the country outside London but receive far less funding than many other authorities.

“The rural nature of a large part of our region has to be taken into account and we will be asking the Government to look at this issue as a matter of urgency.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg said: “...not raising the police part of the council tax during the next financial year would have a major impact on policing.

“It would have meant that officer numbers may have fallen to well below 3,000.”

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