Council tax set to be frozen

EAST Riding councillors are today set to approve accepting a Government grant allowing them to freeze council tax this year.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council will vote today (Thursday) whether to accept the offer, which will mean the authority’s portion of the overall 2012/13 tax bill can be frozen at current level.

The council’s ruling executive has recommended accepting the grant.

However, this could mean a larger council tax increase in 2013/14 or deeper cuts having to be made, as the grant is unlikely to be available again and its removal will leave a hole in council budgets.

If approved as expected, Band D householders will continue to pay £1,212.20 a year.

The final council tax levels will not be voted on until February 22, at which point precepts from the fire and police authorities, due to be set on February 13 and 14 respectively, will have been added.

Also taken into account at this vote will be precepts from town and parish councils.

Provisional precept amounts from December showed that Bridlington Town Council had effectively frozen its demand for the forthcoming year ater balancing its budget from the last year to within £90.

At December’s full Town Council meeting councillors agreed to send the 2012/2013 budget – which stands at £184,322.54 – to East Riding of Yorkshire Council for approval.

The precept amount for a Band D property in Bridlington for 2012/2013 will be £15.

Flamborough Parish Council voted to increase its precept by £2,000 a year to ensure it had a high enough level of reserves for future costs.

At its meeting at the end of November the eight councillors present of the full complement of thirteen, voted in favour of the increase for the 2012/13 period which will mean households in the benchmark Band D housing sector would pay an extra £2.11 a year making the total £39.63.

The council said in December that it has not increased the precept since 2007/08 and whilst reluctant to bring any increase in it was necessary in order to maintain enough reserves to meet potentially expensive costs in relation to the 122 street lights it is responsible for in the village.

Full details will appear on the website tomorrow