Councils set tax bills
TAX payers will see their bill for basic South Gloucestershire Council services rise by an average of £43 this year.
The council has agreed a 2.99% increase in council tax, as it deals with an 11.2% drop in government funding.
That means an increase of £43.08 in the cost of council services to Band D tax payers, from £1,441.07 last year to £1,484.15 this year.
Frome Valley residents also pay for the services of parish councils. Each council sets a precept and in addition there is a charge for “special expenses” added to bills for services South Gloucestershire provides which are specific to an area but not carried out by the parish council.
There will also be a rise in combined police and fire precepts, which will see these elements of Band D bills rise by £26.13, to £291.29.
A £26.13 rise in combined police and fire precepts will see these elements of Band D bills cost £291.29.
It means the total bill for a Band D council tax payer in Frampton Cotterell will top £1,900 this year.
In Winterbourne, where precepts are lower, bills will be above £1,830 for Band D tax payers.
Residents in band E and above will have higher bills, while Band C residents' bills will be lower.
South Gloucestershire Council will spend £221 million on services plus £86.7million on school buildings, roads and other infrastructure in the coming year.
A further £208m of ring-fenced education funding from the government will be passed on to schools.
The Conservative administration, whose budget was passed at a meeting on February 13, above, says it is investing “into the next generation”.
It has pledged more than £100m for school buildings, roads and highways during the next four years, promising a new primary school, two new special schools and a new M49 junction in Severn Beach.
The council will also receive some funding from other sources, including the West of England Combined Authority, and will spend £3m from its own reserves.
Some £6.3million is expected to be saved through an ongoing programme of spending cuts, the exact details of which remain unclear.
Council leader Toby Savage said: “We have put forward the largest funding commitments this council has ever made to our schools and to our roads, this administration’s two highest priorities.”
Liberal Democrat group leader Claire Young called the budget “a classic pre-election extend and pretend budget” which ignored the central issue of government underfunding.
Labour group leader Pat Rooney said the government reduction in the council’s funding of 11.2% was more than the national average decrease of 7.5% and added: “The primary cause of our financial problems is the Tories in Whitehall.”
Parish charges for Frome Valley residents (Band D)
Parish: Frampton Cotterell
Tax revenue: £334,274
Precept charge: £130.32
Special expenses charge: £11.42
Parish: Iron Acton
Tax revenue: £47,000
Precept charge: £79.76
Special expenses charge: £1.30
Tax revenue: £14,000
Precept charge: £47.00
Special expenses charge: £4.01
Tax revenue: £78,654
Precept charge: £56.89
Special expenses charge: £4.67
Tax revenue: £174,750
Precept charge: £48.73
Special expenses charge: £7.78