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Council Tax for 2014/15

Council Tax Base - The Authority’s tax base is the sum of the tax bases of the 12 Kent District Councils and Medway Council (billing authorities), and is expressed as the number of equivalent Band D properties.  The tax base increased from 563,108 in 2013/14 to 573,536 in 2014/15 an increase of 1.85%.

Collection Fund Surplus (or Deficits) - Each year Council Tax is calculated based on assumed levels of collection rates by the billing authorities.  This means that, at the end of each year, an adjustment has to be made to reflect the actual collection rates.  This can lead to a surplus or deficit on the fund which is accounted for within the calculation of the net budget requirement. The Authority has been advised that its share of the net surplus on Council Tax collection funds from Medway Council and Kent Districts is £311k. For the first time this year there is a collection fund defict in relation to Business Rates income of £126k.

Collection Rates - The changes to the benefits system means that some households with low incomes will, for the first time, be required to contribute directly towards the cost of their Council Tax, which may affect collection rates. The business rate retention scheme will also require an end of year adjustment for actual collection rates. It is likely therefore that the level of surplus/deficits on collection funds may become more volatile than has previously been the case.

Council Tax Bands – For the first time in four years the Authority is proposing to increase council tax by 1.99% in 2014/15. This equates to an annual increase of  £1.35 (just over 2.5 pence per week), increasing the council tax for a Band D property to £69.30.

Household Council Tax - To arrive at the annual council tax charge that is made to each household, this Authority’s council tax charge is added on to the charges set by Kent County Council or Medway Council, plus the charges set by the relevant District Council, Kent Police Authority and any Parish or Town Council.  The total is then collected by the District Councils and Medway Council, on behalf of all the different precepting authorities.

This Authority's Council Tax for 2014/15

  £'000
Net Budget Requirement 2014/15 70,521
Financed from:  
Revenue Support Grant 12,998
Baseline Funding 10,665
Council Tax Freeze Grant   1,509
Surplus on collection fund 185
Council Tax Support Grant 5,418
Precept Required from Council Tax 39,746
Total Funds available 70,521
Tax rate for Band D property 2014/15 £69.30
Increase in Band D charges 1.99%

 

Council Tax band Annual Council tax Proportion of Band D
A £46.20 6/9
B £53.90 7/9
C £61.60 8/9
D £69.30 1
E £84.70 11/9
F £100.10 13/9
G £115.50 15/9
H £138.60 18/9

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