No increase in Council Tax this year from Selby District Council, as the authority agreed to freeze the charge at Full Council (18 February).
This means that between April 2021 and March 2022 Selby District Council’s part of the Council Tax bill will be the same as last year to cover all the services it delivers, including bin collections, housing support and planning.
The decision is in recognition of the financial challenges some residents are experiencing due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, “We recognise this has been a difficult time and we want to support our residents. For many, this year has been really challenging financially.
“Alongside the support we are already providing to businesses, we want to help and support our residents. We still need to set a balanced budget so that our services can continue, but because of our careful financial decisions in previous years, we are able to use some of our reserves which mean we will not increase our share of the Council Tax next year.
“Residents might see their overall bill increase depending on the decisions taken by other authorities that receive money from Council Tax but the portion set by Selby District Council will be frozen and residents won’t be paying extra for our services.”
Although it’s Selby District Council’s name at the top of the Council Tax bill, it actually goes to fund all sorts of local services. Alongside the District and County Council elements, which are used to run services such as care homes, roads and household waste and recycling collections, it also helps to fund the local police service, the fire and rescue service and parish or town councils. The total amount for each household is subject to the budgets from the other organisations too.
North Yorkshire County Council has made the decision to increase their share of the Council Tax by 3.49%. The Police and Fire Service has also increased their share by 1.99%. Some local Parish and Town Councils have also increased their share of the Council Tax, but this will vary between parishes. The average bill for a mid-sized (Band D) home in Selby district will be around £2,005.01 for a year.
The easiest way to pay Council Tax is by automatic Direct Debit each month. A sign-up form can be downloaded from this website (search under ‘Council Tax’), or residents can call 01757 705101. Paying in this way is also the most efficient for the Council, helping to keep down costs for everyone.