Council Tax Setting Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday, 23rd February, 2017
Time:
7.00pm
Place:
Meeting Room 1, Town Lodge, 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, Head of Finance, Performance & Asset Management, Accountancy Manager and Committee & Member Services Manager.
Item Description/Decision
PART I
8 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor Ian Albert.
9 MINUTES
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 12 January 2017 be approved as a true record of the proceedings and signed by the Chairman, subject to the following amendments to Resolution (2) of Minute 6 - Council Tax Base 201718:

(i) change “2016/17” to “2017/18”; and

(ii) correction of the following figures in Appendix A (Council Tax Base by Parish) referred to in the resolution, so that they now read:

Caldecote & Newnham - 49.30
Kings Walden - 412.00
Nuthampstead - 70.90
St. Pauls Walden - 545.80
Rushden & Wallington - 199.30
Wymondley - 412.30
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 2017/18
Members were reminded that the Council, at its meeting held on 9 February 2017, had approved a 2017/18 Council Tax increase of £5.00 for North Hertfordshire. This equated to a District Council Tax of £216.96 for a Band D property in 2017/18. 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 and Crime Commissioner precept requirements for 2017/18.

It was reported that the precept for the Hertfordshire Police Authority was set at a level which equated to a Council Tax of £152.00 for a Band D property, which was also a £5.00 increase on the Council Tax for 2017/18. The Hertfordshire County Council precept had been set at a level which equated to a Council Tax of £1,245.83 for a Band D property. This was a Council Tax increase of 4.99% for 2016/17, which included a levy of a precept to fund Social Care expenditure equivalent to 3%.

The effect of the Council’s decision made at its meeting on 9 February 2017, coupled with the County Council and Police Commissioner precepts, resulted in a Band D Council Tax of £1,614.79. 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 2017/18.

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 T.W. Hone 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 2017/18 (MINUTE 13) IS ATTACHED.]
Published on Wednesday, 15th March, 2017
7.10pm