Councillors vote for tax freeze
The two local authorities who ask for the highest proportion of council tax from Harborough residents have frozen their demands.
Harborough Council and Leicestershire County Council have both agreed not to raise their council tax demands for 2013-14.
It is the fourth year running that both Tory-run authorities have voted for a council tax freeze.
It means the average Band D housholder in the district faces a bill of about £1,500 for 2013/14.
The county council accounts for the largest share of the overall bill, more than two-thirds, while the district council’s segment is about 10 per cent
It means any rises in the council tax this year will be as a result of increases from the police commissioners’ office, fire authority or parish precepts.
These are due to be set in the coming weeks.
County Hall approved its budget last Wednesday, with Harborough councillors reaching a decision last Thursday.
In a letter to the Mail this week, Harborough Council finance portfolio holder Grahame Spendlove-Mason said: “Driven by an awareness of the current period of austerity being experienced by residents, I was pleased to announce our council tax will continue to be frozen.
“This has been achieved, even though our council has been subjected to a 9.7 per cent decrease in our grant from the Government, which equates to a £344,000 reduction.
“We have been able to continue within these tighter financial restraints because of the transformation process implemented by chief executive Anna Graves since she took over the role.”
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