The 2017/18 Budget was approved by Full Council on Wednesday 22 February 2017. In order to achieve a balanced budget, councillors agreed to an increase in the borough's council tax charge of 2.71 per cent, which will see £5 a year added to the bill for households living in a band D property.
This means that residents pay around 52p a day for all our services - including refuse collection and recycling, street cleaning, environmental health, planning, licensing, supporting vulnerable local residents, housing advice and benefits.
We keep only around 12 per cent of the overall council tax charge. For a band D property, the charge is £1,587.66, which breaks down as follows:
- £189.83 for Dacorum Borough Council’s services
- £1,245.83 goes to Hertfordshire County Council to pay for services such as highways, education and care services
- £152 goes to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire.
If you live in areas served by town and parish councils, you will also pay an extra charge for their services.
Councillor Andrew Williams, Leader of the Council, says: “As high demand for our services continues we are committed to maintaining the services we provide in the face of continued government funding reductions. To enable us to do this, the amount of Council Tax we charge will be increasing.
“The decision to increase Council Tax to maintain local services was supported by over 88 per cent of residents asked at a budget consultation event earlier this year, and the increases we have agreed are in line with those recommended by Government.
“We will continue to use our borough’s resources for the benefit of both residents and businesses to make Dacorum a great place to live, work and enjoy.”
Our budget for the financial year 2017 to 2018 gives details of our spending, income, fees and charges, and details of the changes we have made to ensure we have a balanced budget.
The Budget book 2017-18 (PDF 2MB) gives this information in detail.