A Council Tax freeze for the second year running has been agreed by Selby District Council, at a meeting held on Tuesday 28 February.
That means that the District Council's charge for an average home, which is classed as a Band D property, remains at £158.88 for the period between April 2012 and March 2013.
Although the whole bill is collected by Selby District Council, the authority keeps only around 10% of it. The rest goes to fund other public services, such as North Yorkshire County Council, the police, Fire and Rescue Service, local town or parish councils.
Selby District Council has made significant efforts to reduce costs in light of ongoing reductions in central Government funding. A new arm's length organisation, Access Selby, has been set up during the last year to deliver services for the Council, which has saved £1.3million from the Council's base budget, without significant changes to services.
In addition, a further £700,000 has been saved during the year through a continued focus on delivering efficiencies; that brings the total efficiency savings delivered by the Council to £4million over the last five years.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, "Although inflation is coming down, many families continue to find it tough at the moment, with wages squeezed and prices increasing. That's why we've been keen to freeze Council Tax for another year, supported by a central Government grant.
"It means that the charge for our services will be the same in March 2013 as it was in April 2010; and during this time inflation has been higher than expected.
"I'm extremely proud of the work that's taken place to re-design the way we deliver your services to make the very best use of your money. We've been radical and innovative, and it's paid off. It means you continue to pay just £3 per week for a range of key local services, such as bin collections, leisure services, dealing with fly tipping and regulating food retailers to name just a few of the services we deliver."
Council Tax bills will be issued to every home from early March. The most efficient way of paying the charge is by Direct Debit; this costs less to administer than cash or cheque payments and so helps to keep down costs for everyone. Your Direct Debit payments roll-over year by year, and you'll continue to keep the payment-free months of February and March providing your account is up-to-date. Click here for more.