St Albans district is picking up the tab for county council

Potholes along Drakes Drive

Potholes along Drakes Drive - Credit: Archant

St Albans is something of a cash cow for Herts county council, with locals providing the largest amount in taxpayer-generated funding.

The authority’s budget report on council tax in 2016/17 shows that the nearly £509 million precept to be collected from the county’s 10 district and borough councils has St Albans district council paying the most, contributing over £72 million.

That is more than twice the amount paid by Stevenage borough council (£30.7 million) and £25 million more than neighbouring Hertsmere.

The county council’s portfolio holder for resources, Cllr Chris Hayward, said: “St Albans is the most prosperous district, as its property prices are among the highest in the country.

“The area makes a significant contribution to the purse of the county council.”

Asked whether the higher funding would translate to fixing up more potholes on our local roads, Cllr Hayward said: “We have protected the highway budget, and next year will see record sums of money being spent on maintaining highways.”