Council tax rise in Wycombe unclear

Bucks Free Press: Council tax rise in Wycombe unclear Council tax rise in Wycombe unclear

A RISE in council tax next year for Wycombe residents has not been ruled out by the district's leader.
A freeze has been in place for three years at Conservative controlled Wycombe District Council.
But with funding from Government continuing to fall and with Bucks County Council already announcing an increase, there is further pressure on WDC's finances.
The aim is continue to keep council tax as low as possible, WDC Leader Cllr Richard Scott told the Free Press, but he could not say currently if the freeze will be maintained.
He said: “It's a bit early to comment but our commitment is to keep council tax as low as we possibly can but to keep the essential services going and that's what we'll do.”
For the last four years, the Government has given councils grants to freeze council tax but this is ending.
Asked if there might be a rise, he said: “Let's wait to see what the numbers come up with. It's difficult to comment, we haven't done all the work yet.
“But the Conservatives said when we were elected we would keep it as low as we possibly could. “We’ve done that for three years, we've kept it at zero despite the pressures.”
A decision is expected to become clearer in December or January as the next budget gets finalised.
Cllr Scott said: “We're in the process of looking at the medium term plan.
“Long term its looking quite tough. Short term is probably not too bad but that work is still ongoing.”
BCC receives three quarters of total council tax bills, with district councils getting nine per cent, the fire service taking five per cent and police receiving the remainder.
BCC has asked residents in a survey if they are willing to stomach a five per cent rise in its portion, in return for an extra £11m to spend on services, including £6.2m on roads.
A Bucks Free Press online poll showed 26 per cent in favour of this level of increase, with
30 per cent opting for a four per cent hike, meaning BCC would get £8.8m, including £4m for roads.
Asked what he made of the poll result, Cllr Scott, who is also a county councillor, said: “I think if any council was minded to put an increase through, if it was justified by ring fencing it then that's something that, as you say from your straw poll, appears to interest people.”
However, to raise it above two per cent requires a referendum – costing £750,000.

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2:42pm Mon 2 Dec 13

I know who I am says...

Gas goes up
Electric goes up
Petrol goes up
Water goes up
Council goes up
Shame peoples salaries aren't going up to pay these increases.
Talk about rob Paul to pay Peter
Gas goes up Electric goes up Petrol goes up Water goes up Council goes up Shame peoples salaries aren't going up to pay these increases. Talk about rob Paul to pay Peter I know who I am

2:48pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

This is a clear indication that the council tax is imminent to rise extortionately once again otherwise this article has no need to be written or even thought about. I received a letter from my internet provider last week to say that they are continuing to better my services and investing for further improvements, something that I have never received before or really needed to know! Then today I received a letter that my bill be increasing from next month. Surprise-surprise !
So is it only me that is getting the feeling of another tax hike to pay the wages of no-good, useless, incompetent fat cats ?
This is a clear indication that the council tax is imminent to rise extortionately once again otherwise this article has no need to be written or even thought about. I received a letter from my internet provider last week to say that they are continuing to better my services and investing for further improvements, something that I have never received before or really needed to know! Then today I received a letter that my bill be increasing from next month. Surprise-surprise ! So is it only me that is getting the feeling of another tax hike to pay the wages of no-good, useless, incompetent fat cats ? Bartholomew HuckleBerry

2:57pm Mon 2 Dec 13

miccles says...

Don't dig up the town centre, as there is nothing wrong with it at the moment, apart from the tales we are fed about the flyover, why spend money on regenerating when things are running as normal as expected. 4 million pounds could be put towards something that is necessary, at the moment, its not necessary. Some of that money could be used on the council tax services, the ones, that are in dire need of improving, like most of them.
Don't dig up the town centre, as there is nothing wrong with it at the moment, apart from the tales we are fed about the flyover, why spend money on regenerating when things are running as normal as expected. 4 million pounds could be put towards something that is necessary, at the moment, its not necessary. Some of that money could be used on the council tax services, the ones, that are in dire need of improving, like most of them. miccles

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