Council ‘not to blame’ for rise in monthly tax

Cllr Ken Atack
Cllr Ken Atack

Council tax bills were posted to 60,000 Cherwell households, and they are for a little more than usual.

Cherwell District Council has frozen its share of council tax for the sixth consecutive year, but other agencies say that they need to put up the price of their precept, to pay for vital services.

Overall council tax bills will rise in 2015-2016 year after the county council and the police and crime commissioner for Thames Valley Police each voted for a 1.99 per cent increase.

Cllr Ken Atack, Cherwell’s lead member for finance, said: “People can choose to 
pay their bill annually or in instalments over 12 months or over ten months until January 2016. They can also register to pay by direct debit.”

Cherwell only keeps 7.7 per cent of the money paid.

The rest is shared between the county council which takes 76.8 per cent; Thames Valley Police which keeps 10.2 per cent and the town or 
parish council which is paid the remaining 5.3 per cent.

This means a Band D 
property will only pay £123.50 a year for Cherwell services; the rest is shared between the
 remaining three organisations.

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