Council tax set to freeze for 2017/2018

WDC offices
Wycombe District Council’s share of the council tax paid by residents of the district is likely to be frozen for 2017/18.

Cabinet decided on Monday night to recommend to Full Council that the district council’s share of council tax should remain unchanged.

That would mean an average Band D property will continue to pay £131.99 a year – or £2.53 a week – to the district council for its services.

However, other organisations – such as Buckinghamshire County Council and the emergency services – are expected to raise their portion of council tax, meaning residents are likely to see that their overall bill for the coming year 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.”

Full Council will make a final decision when it meets in the Council Chamber at Wycombe District Council’s Queen Victoria Road offices on 23 March.