Council Tax Bill for Rochford residents agreed for 2019/2020

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The final Council Tax bill for Rochford residents has now been agreed for 2019/2020.

Rochford District Council had already agreed its budget for the next financial year; however the elements of the Council Tax that will be collected on behalf of other authorities have now also been finalised.

Rochford District Council had previously announced that despite £400,000 of savings being identified in 2019/20 a residual funding gap of £300,000 necessitated a 2.98% rise in its portion of the Council Tax, equating to 13 pence per week for the average band D property (an increase from £223.65 in 2018/2019 to £230.31 in 2019/2020).

Essex County Council has raised its council tax by 2.99%, along with a 1% increase due to the Social Care Levy.  Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner has announced a rise of 14.16%, Essex County Fire & Rescue a 2.94% rise and the average town/parish council increase across the district equates to 5.99%.

Leader of Rochford District Council, Cllr Terry Cutmore, said: “The budget pressures under which local government operates remain significant and this authority continues to look closely at opportunities to make efficiency savings and generate new sources of revenue. 

“This is not only in response to the removal of government grants but also to deal with significant cost increases arising from inflationary and demographic pressures.”

Ultimately, residents in the Rochford District will face an average increase of 4.9% in their total Council Tax for the 2019/2020 financial year, amounting to a total bill of £1,814.82 for the average band D property. The total will vary across the district due to the different precepts taken by Town and Parish Councils.

Cllr Cutmore added: “Although these are still difficult financial times, Rochford District Council remains committed to providing excellent services to our residents and partners.  With this in mind we will be doing all we can to deliver innovative and high quality services.”

The breakdown of annual Council Tax for a Band D property would be:-

Essex County Council £1,179.63
Essex County Council Social Care Levy £90.81
Essex County Fire and Rescue £72.45
Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner £192.96
Average Town / Parish Councils £48.66
Rochford District Council £230.31
Total £1,814.82