Mid Devon District Council has frozen council tax for 2011/12 at the same level as last year. Devon County Council and the Police and Fire & Rescue authorities have also frozen their charge, as have many parish councils.
The result is that for the first time since council tax was introduced 19 years ago, many households will pay the same amount as last year. Although a few parishes have increased their charge, some parish councils have actually reduced their charge, meaning residents in those areas will see a reduction in overall council tax.
Portfolio Holder for Finance Councillor Neal Davey said: “This is great news for the people of Mid Devon.
“For too many years the council tax payer has been hit with increase after increase in council tax charge. I am proud that this year we have been able to freeze council tax while maintaining our frontline services. It is also good for the local economy that, unlike many other councils, we are not planning any compulsory redundancies in 2011/12.”
Mid Devon District Council’s formula grant from central government is being reduced by over 15 per cent in 2011/12, with further reductions scheduled in future years as part of the government’s deficit reduction programme.
This year’s council tax freeze follows last year’s increase of only 1.5%, the lowest increase by any district in Devon. This means that the average Band D household will pay Mid Devon £182.15. The total council tax bill for an average Band D household will be £1,559.73 in 2011/12 (although households will see slight variations where parish charges have been changed).
(from a press release)