Another council tax rise planned for Hertsmere

Second precept increase in two years planned

Second precept increase in two years planned - Credit: PA

Households look likely to shell out an additional £5 – the price of a pint of Guinness – per year thanks to a slight council tax increase.

Hertsmere borough council wants more money from residents, including those living in Radlett and Shenley, and is proposing its second precept increase in two years.

The proposal to raise the borough’s share of tax bills was to be discussed last Wednesday (8), before obtaining final approval at a full council meeting on February 28.

A resident in a band D property will pay an average of just over £167 in council tax to the borough council for the year 2017/18.

Councillor John Graham, portfolio holder for finance, said: “We’ve managed to keep this increase small by making efficiencies and increasing fees and charges where we can, as well as taking an enterprising approach by using the council’s assets to generate income.”

The plan to increase its portion of council tax bills by an average of £5 per household for the coming year is the same rise as last year.

• As a billing authority, Hertsmere borough collects the council tax every year, but on average, the local authority receives 11 per cent, or 11p in every £1 people pay; Herts county council gets 77 per cent; the Police and Crime Commissioner gets 10 per cent and if you live in an area with a parish or town council, they are given two per cent.