Epping Forest District Councillors agreed the 1.5 per cent increase in Council Tax on Tuesday 16 February. The increase represents a four pence per week increase on a Band D property, one of the lowest increases ever set by the District Council.
Broken down into its constituent parts, the total bill for an average Band D Council Taxpayer in Epping Forest district will be:
- £1,086.75 to Essex County Council
- £132.12 to Essex Police
- £ 66.42 to Essex Fire Authority
- £148.77 to Epping Forest District Council
Parish and Town Council precepts will vary from £13.15 for residents of Stapleford Abbotts to £94.46 in Waltham Abbey.
District Council services range from planning control to environmental health, refuse collection and recycling. The Council provides public leisure centres and swimming pools, around 6,500 Council houses, shops and industrial units for small and medium businesses. Investment in capital schemes such as the Broadway Town Centre Enhancement boosts the district`s infrastructure.
During the recession the District Council is supporting residents and businesses. It has frozen car park charges, assisted small businesses with rent rebates during Town Centre Enhancement works and made small grants available to people in danger of losing their homes through rent arrears and repossessions.
Much of the funding for the Citizens` Advice Bureau and other voluntary organisations that have supported people through the recession comes from Epping Forest District Council. It has worked in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses and other employment organisations to boost local jobs.
Epping Forest District Council also collects the Council Tax precepts for the Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Essex County Council and 24 local Town and Parish Councils. Each organisation sets its own budgets and notifies Epping Forest District Council how much Council Tax to collect on its behalf.
Download the Council Tax Precepts 2010/11 (pdf 44KB)
Download the Council Tax Precepts 2009/10 (pdf 257KB)
Councillor Chris Whitbread, Finance Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: We are a low-tax Council. We are debt-free and we have put money aside for a rainy day. With the country struggling to pull out of recession no one wants to see big increases in tax. Unlike many Councils, we have the cash we need to see us through the recession. We don`t need to make heavy cuts in services or big tax increases. Epping Forest District Council is playing its part in supporting local people at home and work. Other Councils will look on our position with envy.
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