Council tax going up for residents in Dorchester

Council tax going up for residents in Dorchester

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:47am 29th January 2020.

Dorchester town council has agreed a 2 per cent increase in its share of the council tax.

The rise will cost band D homes around £3.85 extra a year extra – bringing the new rate for the town’s share of the tax at £196.64.

The Dorset Council, police and fire, will add almost £2,000 extra to that figure for the ‘average’ home once their rates have been agreed.

Figures before town councillors show that over six years the town council’s tax has risen by 13.6 per cent – while other town councils made bigger increases, including a rise of 53 per cent in Bridport.

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Monday’s Dorchester meeting was told that the council has been helped in keeping its share of the council tax down by a growth in housing, which has brought in additional council tax income – mainly from Poundbury and Brewery Square and from some smaller development.

The precept will give the town council a budget of £1.5million, enough to maintain and make some modest improvements in services, said policy committee chair Cllr Susie Hosford.

Cllr Hosford said that the future risk for town council was that it may need to pick up some services which might be given up by Dorset Council.

She also said the year ahead included planning for a new roof and other improvement to the Municipal Buildings and setting up a £125,000 climate emergency fund which could be used both by the council to tackle the effects of climate change and to help fund partner organisations to do so.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter