West Dorset set for council tax increase

Dorset Echo: West Dorset District Council leader Robert Gould West Dorset District Council leader Robert Gould

WEST Dorset District Council has become the latest local authority to propose a hike in council tax.

After Dorset County Council, Dorset Police and a number of town or parish councils also put forward council tax rises for the coming financial year, the council’s executive committee backed a budget that included an increase of 1.99 per cent.

It will be the first increase in council tax the authority has introduced since 2010/11, with the charge for a Band D mid range property due to rise by £2.48 to £127.28.

Director of resources Jason Vaughan told the executive committee that the rise would still leave the council tax charge for West Dorset considerably low compared to many equivalent authorities.

He said: “We are still one of the lowest council tax authorities in England.”

Council leader Robert Gould said that work done by the council in recent years including its shared services partnership with Weymouth and Portland Borough Council meant it was able to face the financial challenges facing all local authorities.

He said: “We are in a very strong position, opposed to many councils, to set a budget which will not involve cuts to services this year.”

Coun Gould added: “We always have one of the lowest county tax precepts for any district council in the country and I think we are providing excellent services as well.”

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5:32pm Tue 11 Feb 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Told you so! We'll all be paying for the Charles Street mess for many years to come.
Told you so! We'll all be paying for the Charles Street mess for many years to come. CoogarUK.com

7:03pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Is it me or is everything rubbish? says...

So £4 million is available for a private developer so that they can try their absolute hardest to possibly complete the Charles Street development, but more money is needed to fund vital services?
So £4 million is available for a private developer so that they can try their absolute hardest to possibly complete the Charles Street development, but more money is needed to fund vital services? Is it me or is everything rubbish?

9:42am Wed 12 Feb 14

Dorset Guy1 says...

No mention of WDDC taking the extra government support not to increase the Council Tax as circulated by Mr Pickles?
No mention of WDDC taking the extra government support not to increase the Council Tax as circulated by Mr Pickles? Dorset Guy1

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