How council tax is spent

How much do I pay?

See  Council tax charges for charges that apply for 2018-2019.

You pay your council tax to Wycombe District Council and this money is shared with other local service providers (known as preceptors) as shown below

  • Buckinghamshire County Council: 75.1 per cent
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley Area: 10.6 per cent
  • Wycombe District Council: 8.0 per cent
  • Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority: 3.7 per cent
  • Parish and town councils (average) 2.6 per cent; the charges for parish and town councils vary according to local needs

The table provides details of the total council tax for each area of the district across all the different bands.

Precepts by parish areas
Parish areaPrecept 2017 to 2018 Band D charge 2017 to 2018 Precept 2018 to 2019Band D Charge 2018 to 2019
Bledlow-cum-Saunderton £18,144 £15.1    
Bradenham £7,141 £30.84    
Chepping Wycombe £344,968 £54.34    
Downley £96,675 £49.04    
Ellesborough £19,619 £44.49    
Fawley (Parish Meeting) £0 £0    
Great & Little Hampden £3,005 £18.29    
Great & Little Kimble cum Marsh £44,442 £90.82    
Great Marlow £12,241 £17.01    
Hambleden £32,007 £38.3    
Hazlemere £272,598 £68.48    
Hedsor (Parish Meeting) £0 £0    
High Wycombe Town - Charter Trustees £0 £0    
High Wycombe Town - Special Expenses £436,994 £19.89    
Hughenden £207,500 £51.96    
Ibstone £7,000 £47.96    
Lacey Green £25,775 £20.63    
Lane End £120,552 £85.75    
Little Marlow £48,061 £60.64    
Longwick-cum-Ilmer £27,471 £40.23    
Marlow Bottom £38,000 £24.96    
Marlow Town £341,441 £51.23    
Medmenham £20,680 £39.96    
Piddington & Wheeler End £20,252 £77.99    
Princes Risborough £345,721 £98.88    
Radnage £26,460 £69.33    
Stokenchurch £72,016 £37.1    
Turville £6,500 £30.32    
West Wycombe - Parish Council £0 £0    
West Wycombe - Special Expenses 45,103 83.35    
Wooburn and Bourne End 349,032 73.41    

Parish and town council budgets

Details of parish and town councils that have budgets greater than £140,000 for 2018 to 2019 are as follows:

Budget Requirements of parish and town councils spending over £140,000
 2017 to 2018   2018 to 2019 
Gross Cost £Gross Income £Net Cost £Parish/town council (or equivalent)Gross Cost £Gross Income* £Net Cost £
396,473 42,305 354,168 Chepping Wycombe 396,468 42,305 354,163
TBC TBC TBC Hazlemere TBC TBC TBC
572,389 111,460 460,929 High Wycombe Special Expenses 559,000 139,300 419,700
TBC TBC TBC Hughenden 249,733 37,438 211,613
472,318 130,851 341,467 Marlow Town 471,940 121,103 342,019
440,097 79,642 360,455 Princes Risborough 598,826 244,675 354,151
397,056 48,064 348,992 Wooburn and Bourne End 387,383 38,391 348,992

*Gross income includes council tax reduction scheme income and use of working balances.

Further details for parish/town council services see:

Our income and spending

Next financial year, 2018-2019, people living in an average Band D home in Wycombe District will pay £5 more than 2017-2018. That’s £136.99 a year – or £2.63 a week. Apart from small rise of 10p a week in 2018-2019, we’ve frozen our part of your council tax for five out of the last seven years.

2018/2019 budget summary by portfolio holder
 Portfolio holder Net approved budget 2017/2018Growth/(savings): inflation  Growth/(savings): otherDraft net budget 2018/2019 
Community £3.710 million £0.019 million  -£0.731 million  £2.998 million 
Youth £0 £0  £0.078 million  £0.078 million 
Major projects, estates and economic development -£3.777 million £0.059 million  -£0.520 million  -£4.238 million  
Environment £6.248 million  £0.221 million  £0.045 million £6.514 million 
Housing £2.424 million  £0.026 million  £0.107 million £2.557 million  
HR, ICT and shared support services £1.353 million  £0.042 million  -£0.765 million  £0.630 million 
Leader £2.572 million  £0.044 million  £0.013 million  £2.629 million 
Planning and sustainability £3.310 million £0.069 million  £0.055 million  £3.434 million 
Finance £2.196 million  £0.062 million  £0.170 million  £2.428 million 
Sub total:  Net cost of services £18.036 million  £0.542 million  -£1.548 million  £17.030 million 
         
Interest receipt £0    -£0.539 million  -£0.539 million 
Capital financing charges -£2.383 million    £0.190 million  -£2.193 million 
Net movement to/(from) earmarked reserves -£1.938 million    £1.351 million  -£0.587 million 
Revenue contribution to capital outlay £0    £0.685 million  £0.685 million 
Payment to parishes £0.109    -£0.015 million  £0.094 million
Sub total: budget requirement £13.824 million  £0.542 million  £0.124 million  £14.490 million 
         
Funded by:        
Collection fund surplus -£0.243 million    -£0.018 million  -£0.261 million 
Business rates -£3.209 million    -£0.016 million  -£3.225 million 
Revenue support grant -£0.635 million   -£0.518 million  -£0.117 million 
New home bonus -£0.875 million    -£0.685 million  -£1.560 million 
Sub total: net expenditure before council tax £8.862 million  £0.542 million  -£0.077 million  £9.327 million 
         
Council tax base £67,138      £68,084 
Council tax band £131.99      £136.99 
Demand on collection fund -£8.862 million    -£0.465 million  -£9.327 

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