Council tax is up but don’t blame it on the Cherwell

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MHBG-08-09-12-12 Cllr Ken Atack ENGNNL00120130213133947

Council tax bills are being posted to 60,000 Cherwell households this week.

Cherwell District Council has frozen its share of council tax for the sixth consecutive year.

“It’s important that when residents get their bills they check everything is correct so they can inform us of any problems before the new financial year begins on April 1.”

Cllr Ken Atack

But overall council tax bills will rise in 2015-2016 year after the county council and the police and crime commissioner for Thames Valley Police each voted for a 1.99 per cent increase.

Cllr Ken Atack, Cherwell’s lead member for finance, said: “On Monday Cherwell began the process of billing 60,000 households for council tax.

“It’s important that when residents get their bills they check everything is correct so they can inform us of any problems before the new financial year begins on April 1.

“Equally, if they would like to change how their bill is paid then they will need to contact us before this date otherwise their existing payment method will continue.

“People can choose to pay their bill annually or in instalments over 12 months or over ten months until January 2016. They can also register to pay by direct debit.”

Cherwell only keeps 7.7 per cent of the money paid.

The rest is shared between the county council which takes 76.8 per cent; Thames Valley Police which keeps 10.2 per cent and the town or parish council which is paid the remaining 5.3 per cent.

This means a Band D property will only pay £123.50 a year for Cherwell services; the rest is shared between the remaining organisations.

For more information about council tax visit www.cherwell.gov.uk/counciltax