Scilly’s Council Tax To Rise By 1.99% In April

town hall 4 copyCouncil tax bills are set to rise again next year by the maximum allowed before a local referendum is triggered.

Councillors at Tuesday’s Policy and Resources committee voted to accept a recommendation to increase the tax by 1.99%.

That’ll mean a rise of just under £21 on a Band D property, taking the yearly cost to £1071.55.

That doesn’t include the payment made to support the Police, which is also going up by the same percentage.

In her report, outgoing Senior Manager for Finance Laura Roberts said Scilly had the second lowest Band D council tax rate in the country, only beaten by Windsor and Maidenhead.

But independent data shows that the average council tax paid per dwelling in Scilly is actually in the top five highest. That’s because more properties her fall into the higher payment bands.

Cllr Richard McCarthy said the 1.99% rise “made sense, because we have to absorb the 2.2% pay increase.”

The proposal will now need to be approved by Full Council on 10th March.

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