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The final Council Tax bill for Rochford residents has now been agreed for 2020/2021.
Rochford District Council had already agreed its budget for the next financial year; however, the elements of the Council Tax that will be collected on behalf of other authorities have now also been finalised.
Rochford District Council announced last week that there will be a 2.15 per cent rise in the Council Tax element which goes to Rochford District Council will mean an increase of £4.95 per year for the average Band D property.
Essex County Council has raised its council tax by 1.99 per cent, along with a 2 per cent increase due to the Social Care Levy. Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner has announced a rise of 2.94 per cent, Essex County Fire & Rescue a 1.99 per cent rise and the average town/parish council increase across the district equates to 6.33 per cent.
Leader of Rochford District Council, Cllr Mike Steptoe, said: “The budget pressures under which local government operates remain significant and this authority continues to look closely at opportunities to make efficiency savings and generate new sources of revenue.
“Increasing council tax is not a decision we take lightly. Rochford District Council remains committed to providing excellent services to our residents and partners. With this in mind we are doing all we can to deliver innovative and high-quality services.”
Ultimately, residents in the Rochford District will face an average increase of 3.63 per cent in their total Council Tax for the 2020/2021 financial year, amounting to a total bill of £1,880.63 for the average band D property. The total will vary across the district due to the different precepts taken by Town and Parish Councils.
The breakdown of annual Council Tax for a Band D property in 2020/21 will be:-
|Essex County Council||£1,204.92|
|Essex County Council Social Care Levy||£116.19|
|Essex County Fire and Rescue||£73.89|
|Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner||£198.63|
|Average Town / Parish Councils||£51.74|
|Rochford District Council||£235.26|