Councils set their 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.
Yate and Sodbury area residents also pay for the services of town and parish councils. Each council sets a precept and in addition there is a charge for “special expenses”, added to bills to pay for services South Gloucestershire provides which are specific to an area but not carried out by the parish council.
You can see the precept charges for individual towns and villages in our table, below.
When the combined police and fire precepts of £291.29 are added, the total bill for a Band D council tax payer in Yate will top £1,975 this year.
In Little Sodbury, which has the lowest precept, the Band D bill will be £190 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 on February 13, 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.”
PRECEPT AND SPECIAL EXPENSES CHARGES FOR YATE AREA (all band D)
Parish council: Cromhall
Total precept revenue: £21,000
Band D precept charge: £67.10
Special expenses charge: £0.96
Parish council: Dodington
Total precept revenue: £205,276
Band D precept charge: £87.05
Special expenses charge: £46.20
Parish council: Iron Acton
Total precept revenue: £47,000
Band D precept charge: £79.76
Special expenses charge: £1.30
Parish council: Little Sodbury
Total precept revenue: £520
Band D precept charge: £9.68
Special expenses charge: £0
Parish council: Rangeworthy
Total precept revenue: £14,000
Band D precept charge: £47.00
Special expenses charge: £4.01
Parish council: Sodbury
Total precept revenue: £259,463
Band D precept charge: £122.92
Special expenses charge: £21.88
Parish council: Westerleigh
Total precept revenue: £78,654
Band D precept charge: £56.89
Special expenses charge: £4.67
Parish council: Wickwar
Total precept revenue: £37,000
Band D precept charge: £48.75
Special expenses charge: £14.88
Parish council: Yate
Total precept revenue: £1,253,331
Band D precept charge: £171.76
Special expenses charge: £28.15
Figures from South Gloucestershire Council
Picture shows South Gloucestershire councillors meeting to approve their budget