Wycombe District Council’s share of the council tax paid by residents of the district is likely to be frozen for 2017/18.
At a meeting on Monday 6th February 2017 Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet decided to recommend to Full Council that the district council’s share of council tax should remain unchanged for 2017/18.
This would mean than an average Band D property will continue to pay £131.99 a year (or £2.53 per week) to the district council for its services.
It is expected that other organisations such as Buckinghamshire County Council and the emergency services may raise their portion of council tax, resulting in the overall bill that residents pay for the coming year may will increase.
Wycombe District Council, which collects council tax on behalf of the county council and Bucks Fire and Rescue, charges one of the lowest levels of council tax for a district council in England.
Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources Cllr David Watson said: ‘We are pleased to be recommending a balanced budget and a freeze to our portion of council tax for the forthcoming financial year.
The additional revenue income Wycombe District Council has brought in from regeneration projects such as the Handy Cross Hub and our prudent control of our budget means that, despite ever dwindling grants from central government, we are able to cover the cost of our services without the need to increase council tax.
Wycombe District Council recognises the pressure on our residents’ bills, and so we are recommending to Full Council that we do not increase our portion of council tax to support residents while other organisations are expected to increase their share.‘
A final decision will be made at a full Council meeting in the Council Chamber at Wycombe District Council’s offices in Queen Victoria Road on Thursday 23rd March 2017.