Published: Thursday, 22nd February 2018
Councillors at Broadland District Council have today (Thursday 22 February) agreed 28 for, 3 against with one abstention, to a council tax rise of £4.99 per year for an average Band D property.
This increase is the second rise of the district’s portion of council tax after a seven year freeze.
Cllr Trudy Mancini-Boyle, portfolio holder for finance at Broadland District Council said:
“No one wants to see a rise in council tax. However, it is important that we are able to help those most in need and continue to maintain high quality services. We have restricted our increase to £4.99 in order to achieve this, although I appreciate that residents will see a rise in other aspects of their bill.”
The council will continue to seek alternative sources of income and, following the success of the Carrowbreck Meadow development, has recently secured help from central government to pursue a new housing development in Great Plumstead through its company, Broadland Growth Ltd.
For the second year, residents will be receiving a ‘Buy in Broadland’ discount voucher booklet alongside their council tax bills. Designed to support local business, the voucher booklet will provide residents with 96 different discounts and offers for Broadland businesses, giving them the chance to discover new places to enjoy and perhaps rediscover some old favourites.
The council tax rise will be included in bills for 2018/19 which residents will be receiving in the coming weeks, alongside their ‘Buy in Broadland’ booklets and the ‘Your Broadland’ booklet which reflects on the council’s year.