Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Parish Council Tax Rise


A fascinating table below which will shortly appear in the Budget for next year which shows the Parish precepts calculated by Medway Council.

Many reading in Medway will not be impacted but approximately 25,000 residents will have to pay these increase because they live within one of these parished areas.

Unlike Medway Council which has its Council Tax rates capped it appears some Parishes are happy to continue with double digit tax rises at a time the public is suffering.

Some of these Councils are represented by Conservatives who celebrate their bequethed inheritance of low tax on Medway Council but as yet have said little about their own Parish Councils tax and spend policies.

I am a big fan of localism if there are contested and viable elections where opponents and individuals are rightly presenting different visions for their area. I am concerned that many of those parishes with double-digit tax rises have Councillors that were elected uncontested.

In the 21st century there is a real debate to be had about whether it is right that those elected unopposed have the real right to increase taxes on their population who turn out in such low numbers to elect them.

Parishes need to do a lot more over the next decade



TOWN & PARISH COUNCIL PRECEPTS

2012/13
2013/14

Parish/Town Council


Precepts
Council Tax

Precepts

Council Tax
C Tax


£
Band D (£)

£
Band D (£)
Increase
Allhallows

49,900
79.54

44,310
80.60
1.33%
Cliffe and Cliffe Woods

43,252
22.75

40,185
22.87
0.53%
Cooling

2,400
28.37

2,320
27.76
-2.15%
Cuxton

50,640
48.68

53,120
54.62
12.20%
Frindsbury Extra

46,000
18.42

47,400
20.46
11.07%
Halling

34,400
32.32

36,150
36.65
13.40%
High Halstow

40,000
53.97

38,540
53.32
-1.20%
Hoo St. Werburgh

38,513
12.10

37,974
13.36
10.41%
St. James Isle of Grain

28,927
58.93

26,649
64.84
10.03%
St. Mary Hoo

6,000
58.37

5,780
59.08
1.22%
Stoke

19,000
52.35

15,850
51.86
-0.94%
TOTAL

359,032


348,278





1 comment:

  1. Tristan,
    Any comments about our "inadequate" & "democracy dodging" local council?

    Why they didn't have the confidence to put their tax grab rise of 1.99% to a public vote I will never know.............

    Will the canapes at Fortress Gun Wharf be rationed or the cabinet forced to drink an inferior vintage merlot?

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