Here's the proposed rise Scarborough borough taxpayers are looking at from April

A rise of 2.09% in the Scarborough borough element of people's council tax has been proposed.

By Duncan Atkins
Thursday, 20th January 2022, 12:24 pm

This would mean an extra £5 per year in the SBC element of the tax for taxpayers across Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale for the average Band D property, from April.

The Scarborough borough element of council tax was frozen last year but an increase has been put forward for 2022/23.

It is the final time the council will set a budget ahead of the introduction next year of a single unitary authority to provide all local services in North Yorkshire.

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Scarborough Town Hall.

A balanced budget had been proposed thanks to the careful management of the council’s financial resources despite the challenges presented by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

In reaching its balanced spending plans, the council put forward ways of saving another £1.5m in the coming year.

Now that the budget proposals have been approved by cabinet there will be a period of

public consultation.

Cabinet will review the responses at its meeting next month before full council discusses the budget and sets the council tax for 2022/23 when it meets on February 25.

Cllr Steve Siddons, Scarborough Borough Council leader, said: “There has been further pressure on our finances in the last year, not least because of Covid-19.

“However, by making careful savings, being prudent with our money and managing our resources effectively, we are able to set a balanced budget for our final year.

“This means we can leave things in a great position for when the new unitary council takes over."