Council Tax Setting Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday, 26th February, 2015
Time:
7.00pm
Place:
Committee Room 3, Council Offices, Gernon Road, Letchworth Garden City
 
 

Attendance Details

Present:
Councillor T.W. Hone (Chairman), Councillor Tony Hunter, Councillor Mrs L.A. Needham and Councillor R.A.C. Thake.
In attendance:
Strategic Director of Finance, Policy & Governance, Accountancy Manager and Committee & Member Services Manager.
Also Present:
1 member of the public.
Item Description/Decision
PART I
8 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
No apologies for absence were received.
9 MINUTES
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 13 January 2015 be approved as a true record of the proceedings and signed by the Chairman.
10 NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS
There was no notification of other business.
11 CHAIRMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Chairman reminded Members that, in line with the Code of Conduct, any Declarations of Interest needed to be declared immediately prior to the item in question.
12 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
There was no public participation.
13 COUNCIL TAX RESOLUTION 2015/16
The Chairman (the Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance and IT) reminded Members that the Council, at its meeting held on 12 February 2015, had approved a 2015/16 Council Tax increase of 1.9% for North Hertfordshire. This equated to a District Council Tax of £208.01 for a Band D property in 2015/16 (a £3.88 increase on 2014/15). At that meeting, the Council had been unable to formally approve the Council Tax resolution because it had not been notified of the Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Police Authority precept requirements for 2015/16.

The Chairman reported that the Hertfordshire County Council precept had been set at a level which equated to a Council Tax of £1,141.09 for a Band D property, which was a Council Tax increase of 1.99% for a Band D property in 2015/16 (a £22.26 increase on 2014/15). The precept for the Hertfordshire Police Authority was set at a level which equated to a Council Tax of £147.82 for a Band D property, which was the same as the Council Tax for 2014/15.

The effect of the Council’s decision made at its meeting on 12 February 2015, coupled with the County Council and Police Authority precepts, resulted in a Band D Council Tax of £1,496.52, which was 1.78% higher than the Council Tax for the current year. This charge would be increased by the appropriate parish precepts, as detailed in the agenda papers.

The Strategic Director of Finance, Policy and Governance circulated the Estimates book for 2015/16.

It was moved by Councillor T.W. Hone, and seconded by Councillor Mrs L.A. Needham, that the Council Tax Resolution be approved.

In accordance with Standing Order 4.8.16(f), Councillor Mrs L.A. Needham requested that a recorded vote be taken on the above motion.

(Voting:

For: Councillors T.W. Hone, Tony Hunter, Mrs L.A. Needham and R.A.C. Thake - 4.

Against: None - 0.

Abstentions: None - 0.

The motion was carried.)

It was therefore,

[THE MINUTE APPROVING THE COUNCIL TAX RESOLUTION FOR 2015/16 (MINUTE 13) IS ATTACHED.]
Published on Friday, 6th March, 2015
7.05pm