Freeze for district’s council tax payers
TAX payers in Ryedale will enjoy a freeze in their council tax in 2013/14.
Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have all agreed to keep the amount of money they receive from the public the same as in the previous financial year.
Several parish councils, which represent the smallest element of a council tax bill, have opted for a rise however, leaving some residents with a slight increase in the amount they will pay.
People living in a Band D property will pay £1,057.48 to North Yorkshire County Council, £176.72 to Ryedale District Council, £204.55 to the North Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner and £62.10 to the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.
Adding the parish council element amounts to £1554.81 in Pickering, £1547.51 in Norton, £1587.37 in Helmsley, £1563.77 in Kirkbymoorside, £1537.98 in Thornton-le-Dale and £1555.02 in Malton.
For North Yorkshire County Council, it is the third year in a row that councillors have decided to freeze their element of the council tax bill. They accepted the recommendation from the Executive to accept a £2.2 million Government grant – equivalent to a one per cent council tax rise – in return for a freeze.
“We know that many households are struggling financially,” said county councillor John Weighell, leader of the council and chairman of the Executive.
“That is why we are pleased to be able to freeze council tax for the third year in succession. This will have saved the average household £95 over the three years.”
Meanwhile, Ryedale District Council was able to continue its freeze for the fourth consecutive year.
Paul Cresswell, the authority’s Corporate Director – Section 151, said: “We are in a very strong financial position which is better than most District Councils and provide good services. This is thanks to continuous efforts of our staff to maximise efficiencies for the Council and focus on our residents.
“There are more difficult years of austerity to come but the Council has already started to prepare for these to minimise the impact on the services we provide.”
Cllr Linda Cowling, Leader of Ryedale District Council, added: “We are in a very strong position thanks to prudent planning and fundamental changes to the way our staff deliver services.
“There are more tough times ahead but we are in a much better starting position than many.”
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