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Selby District Families Face £24 a Year Council Tax Hike


1:22pm 16th December 2013
(Updated 1:26pm 16th December 2013)

Families in Selby district face a £24 a year rise in their council tax.

After North Yorkshire Council announced it's looking at a £21 a year rise, now Selby District Council wants to put up it's share of the tax by £3 a year.

It would increase the share of the bill from the average home going to the district council from £158.88 to £162.06.

The district council also says it'll have to make a further million pounds of savings over the next three years as the government cuts it's funding by £737,000 or 14% next year. The planned council tax rise would bring in £89,000 and £442,000 will come in from the New Homes Bonus, which the council gets when new homes are built. The rest of the shortfall will be made up from the council's reserves.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, "I think it's really important that people have the information they want about how we spend public money to deliver local services.  This budget consultation is part of that commitment.  We've set out the principles behind what we do and the decisions we've made.  It's also a chance for you to influence what happens in the future.  We'll be considering responses when we decide on our budget next February."

The district council is taking views on it's budget proposals until the 27th January, you share your opinions here.

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