District council committee recommend council tax increase

COUNCIL tax in Richmondshire could rise by 1.9 per cent if a recommendation from a strategy board committee is accepted by the full council.

Richmondshire District Council’s strategy board last night (Monday, February 10) voted in favour of the increase, despite opposition from some Conservative members of the committee.

Councillors were told by finance director Sian Moore that a council tax freeze would be a short-term solution because once the council tax is retained at the same level the possible revenue is lost forever – and over a ten year period that would be a loss of around £730,000 which would need to be met from reserves.

But Councillor Yvonne Peacock said she could not support a council tax increase.

She said: “I think we should be giving something back to the residents so I’m proposing we accept the freeze.

“It is fine to say it is only a few pence a week but it keeps going up and up year on year. We now have more elderly residents and we all know the problems they have to deal with financially.”

Coun Fleur Butler added: “I’m getting people coming to me and say they can’t believe the council would put up the tax again.”

But they were out-voted by the rest of the committee, who voted in line with officer’s recommendations and the decision will be put to full council later this month.

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1:14pm Wed 12 Feb 14

juliusceasar says...

Richmondshire district council should be able to do as Hambleton district council and freeze council tax but due to mismanagement and overspend we as ordinary council tax payers will have to bear the the cost again , what a debacle over the Green waste collection charging a extra £17 a year per bin supposedly a apparent bargain to other councils charging £90 ( not proven as yet ) how many have already paid Mr Blackie and Mr Griffiths ? only a few thousand not the expected 25000 . So next year that will go up to balance the books or probably a few redundancies on the front line not the management though .Then next year they will want to charge extra for your green boxes and newspaper collections so much for encouraging recycling to keep costs down . Another bright idea from the council whizzkids are charge an extra £12 to buy an additional bin (and additional £17 to empty it ) sorry we as council tax payers have already paid for these bins 10 years ago in our council tax and surplus ones have been sat in the council compound since then.
So a proposed 1.9% increase on your Richmondshire share of the council tax , extra to pay for recycling your green waste and increased council rents as well as the other elements of your council tax the future is not good for the ordinary Richmondshire residents .
Councillors should be ashamed to vote for these increases but maybe they havent heard of austerity in Hawes or Eppleby
Richmondshire district council should be able to do as Hambleton district council and freeze council tax but due to mismanagement and overspend we as ordinary council tax payers will have to bear the the cost again , what a debacle over the Green waste collection charging a extra £17 a year per bin supposedly a apparent bargain to other councils charging £90 ( not proven as yet ) how many have already paid Mr Blackie and Mr Griffiths ? only a few thousand not the expected 25000 . So next year that will go up to balance the books or probably a few redundancies on the front line not the management though .Then next year they will want to charge extra for your green boxes and newspaper collections so much for encouraging recycling to keep costs down . Another bright idea from the council whizzkids are charge an extra £12 to buy an additional bin (and additional £17 to empty it ) sorry we as council tax payers have already paid for these bins 10 years ago in our council tax and surplus ones have been sat in the council compound since then. So a proposed 1.9% increase on your Richmondshire share of the council tax , extra to pay for recycling your green waste and increased council rents as well as the other elements of your council tax the future is not good for the ordinary Richmondshire residents . Councillors should be ashamed to vote for these increases but maybe they havent heard of austerity in Hawes or Eppleby juliusceasar

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