Archived object 12: Council tax bill
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Week 12: Council tax bill
Proud of our past
This week marks 19 years since the start of council tax - a tax on property - replaced poll tax, a tax that was paid by every person over 18.
Fit for the future
We collect council tax in the Wycombe district. The money we collect pays for a whole range of local services run by us, Bucks County Council, Bucks Fire and Rescue, Thames Valley Police and parish councils.
Our share of your council tax costs £2.44 of the £27.28/week paid by a band D property.
Council tax accounts for approximately a quarter of council funding. The remainder comes from business rates, grants from central Government and direct charges for services.
The amount of council tax set each year depends on how much these organisations spend and how much they receive from elsewhere.
Council tax is based on the value of your property and is classed in "bands" - band A is the lowest, band H is the highest.
People on low income or living on their own can qualify for benefits to help them with their council tax.
A guide to council tax, including details of how money is spent is available on our council tax page.
We are committed to freezing the amount of council tax we ask local people to pay for our services. This is one of our 3Ps priorities - pounds - which aims to:
- Balance our budget
- Transform services
- Save money
You can find more information on our council tax pages.
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More about our corporate plan.
You can view our previous objects from the 50 for the future campaign on our 50 for the future - archived objects page.