Freeze on lion’s share of council tax proposed

A freeze on council tax has been proposed by Herts County Council.

The Tory-led cabinet recommended keeping its precept - which makes up 78 per cent of residents’ council tax, to its 2009 level for another year from April.

The announcement was endorsed by members at a full council meeting on Monday and will be voted on in February.

Council leader Robert Gordon said the authority recognises the ongoing pressure on household budgets.

He added: “By endorsing my announcement, the council has signalled that Hertfordshire residents will not have to pay more in council tax for the wide range of essential services provided by their local county council, including schools, social care for vulnerable children and adults, maintenance of our 3,000 miles of road, local libraries and the Fire and Rescue Service.”


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The decision means the authority will receive a grant equivalent to one per cent of council tax, applicable to all county and district authorities which freeze the tax.

District councils and the new police commissioners will collect 12 per cent and 10 per cent of the tax respectively. Final decisions on whether they also freeze council tax will be made in February.

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