St Austell Town Council freezes precept but council tax payers can still expect a rise
ALTHOUGH St Austell Town Council has frozen its share of the council tax bill for the coming year, tax payers can still expect a hike of almost £30.
The town council's portion of the rate for band D properties will be £34.82 for the tax year 2013/14, it was decided at a meeting on Monday, February 4, evening.
This is the same as the previous year and only £3 higher than the £31.82 charged in the three years prior to that.
But Cornwall Council agreed a draft budget last month proposing a 1.97 per cent increase in its part of the council tax bill – this will see an increase of £24.44 per year for each band D property.
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The final part of the overall bill comes from the Devon and Cornwall Police Authority, which proposes to increase its component by 2 per cent. This will see band D households paying an additional £3.19 compared to last year.
The county council and police tax increases combined will total a £27.63 annual hike for band D properties.
Due to a national change in the way council tax is charged and calculated, some town councils, including Newquay, have had to pass on a charge to its tax payers. Newquay band D properties will have to pay an extra £6.28 per year because of this, but St Austell residents have escaped the charge.
St Austell Town Council deputy clerk Sara Gwilliams said: "With a grant from Cornwall Council, we are no worse off in 2013/14. If the grant were to be withdrawn in future years then our council tax would have to increase.
"We have had to cut our budget slightly this year (for example grants and projects funding) to maintain council tax levels."