Agenda item

Council Tax Setting 2015-16 (Agenda Item 7)

Minutes:

The Chairman reminded Members about the requirement to disclose the fact and to refrain from voting if they were more than two months in arrears with their Council Tax.  There would be a Recorded Vote at the end of the item.

 

The Section 151 Officer asked Members to note two amendments: on page 173 (point 1.2) and page 175 (point 1.4.4) the dates should be 2015-16 not 2014-15.

 

The Executive Member for Finance then presented the report with a brief overview.  She explained that the Special Expenses for footway lighting services referred to those parishes/towns which had not taken on that responsibility.

 

Councillor Jermy noted that footway lighting was a significant issue in his Ward with some lights being out all the time and others being on all the time.  He had reported the problems but there was a significant delay in repairing them and he asked if the budget was adequate.

 

The Executive Member said it was regrettable but there were complicated responsibility issues.  The Chairman advised that there was a Working Group looking at that.

 

Councillor Borrett applauded the figures in the report and said that some village precepts were in excess of Breckland Council’s.

 

Councillor Cowen regretted that yet again there was an increase in the Police precept despite the helicopter and office closure.  He thought it was odd that they were asking for more money when their visible service was reducing.  He was also disappointed that when the PCC and Inspector had attended the Overview & Scrutiny Commission they had not mentioned the cuts.

 

Councillor Sherwood supported those remarks.

 

Councillor Lamb responded to Councillor Borrett’s comments about large parish precepts and said that to some extent they were due to the passing down of responsibility from the District to the towns/parishes which was passing lots of costs on. 


The Chairman also noted that unlike the District the towns and villages did not receive any direct grants.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1)                  the special expenses for 2015-16 be approved; and

 

2)                  the formal council tax resolutions for 2015-16 (at paragraph 1.4.1 to 1.4.5 set out below) be approved.

 

 

1.4.1    It is to be noted that on 26 February 2015 the Council has calculated: -

a) the Council Tax Base 2015-16 for the whole Council area as 39,654.4 (item T in the regulations made under Section 33(5) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as amended) and

b) for dwellings in those parts of its area to which a Parish precept relates as in the attached Appendix A.

 

1.4.2    Calculate that the Council Tax requirement for the Council’s own purposes for 2015-16 (excluding Parish precepts) is £2,794,028.

 

1.4.3    That the following amounts be calculated by the Council for the year 2015-16 in accordance with Sections 31 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended (the Act): -

 

a)

£77,929,470

being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the expenditure items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act;

 

b)

£72,139,300

being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the income items set out in Section 31A(3) of the Act;

 

c)

£5,790,170

being the amount by which the aggregate at 1.4.3(a) above exceeds the aggregate at 1.4.3(b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31A(4) of the Act, as its Council Tax requirement for the year;

 

d)

£146.02

being the amount at 1.4.3(c) above, divided by the amount at 1.4.1(a) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31B(1) of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the year (including Parish precepts);

 

e)

£3,052,831

being the aggregate amount of all special items (including Parish precepts) referred to in Section 34(1) of the Act (as per the attached Appendix A);

 

f)

£69.03

being the amount at 1.4.3(d) above less the result given by dividing the amount at 1.4.3(e) above by the amount at 1.4.1(a) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 34(2) of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the year for dwellings in those parts of its areas to which no special item relates;

 

g)

The figures shown in Appendix B, being the amounts given by adding to the amount at 1.4.3(f) above the amounts of the special item or items relating to dwellings in those parts of the Council's area mentioned above divided in each case by the amount at 1.4.1(b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 34(3) of the Act, as the basic amounts of its Council Tax for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which one or more special items relate;

 

h)

The figures shown in Appendix C, being the amounts given by multiplying the amounts at 1.4.3(f) and 1.4.3(g) above by the number which, in the proportion set out in Section 5(1) of the Act, is applicable to dwellings listed in a particular valuation band divided by the number which in that proportion is applicable to dwellings listed in valuation band D, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 36(1) of the Act as the amounts to be taken into account for the year in respect of categories of dwellings listed in different valuation bands.

 

1.4.4        That it be noted that for the year 2014-15 the Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner have stated the following amounts in precepts issued to the Council, in accordance with Section 40 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, for each of the categories of dwellings shown below:-

 

 

Band

Band

Band

Band

 

A

B

C

D

NCC

£763.38

£890.61

£1,017.84

£1,145.07

NPCC

£139.20

£162.40

£185.60

£208.80

 

 

 

 

 

 

Band

Band

Band

Band

 

E

F

G

H

NCC

£1,399.53

£1,653.99

£1,908.45

£2,290.14

NPCC

£255.20

£301.60

£348.00

£417.60

 

1.4.5    That having calculated the aggregate in each case the amounts at 1.4.3(h) and 1.4.4 above, the Council, in accordance with Section 30(2) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, hereby sets the amounts shown in Appendix D as the amount of Council Tax for 2015-16 of the categories of dwellings shown.

 

A copy of the Recorded Vote record is attached.

 

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