It will be the first time in seven years that the Borough Council has raised their portion of the Council Tax. It will mean an increase of around 5p a week to a Band D property. (For more details on council tax bands / valuations please see this page)
Council bosses say the move is to protect services following reductions in the money it receives from the Government.
The Borough Council is responsible for services including household bin collections and street cleaning, maintaining award winning parks – such as Victoria Park in Stafford and Stonefield Park in Stone – as well as regulating new developments throughout the area.
The Council’s cabinet will meet to discuss a 1.9% rise in the charge next week (Thursday 8 December).
Council Leader, Patrick Farrington, said:
“We have a tremendous track record of keeping Council tax down without reducing key services to our residents. We are determined to keep any rise below 2% because we know an increase impacts on all households and we want to minimise the burden to them.
“We have cut costs throughout the authority without reducing the important services we provide to the community which means it has not been necessary to put up our portion of the council tax for many years.”
He added: “I hope residents will understand that to protect and maintain the quality of those front line services, and with a reduction in the money we receive from central Government, that a small rise in council tax is now being considered.”
The report to the Cabinet on the ‘General Fund Revenue Budget and Financial Plan’ will be available at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/DemServCommittees from Wednesday (30 November).
An average ‘Band D’ property currently pays £2.84 per week – which is the Borough Council portion of the Council Tax bill.