Scarborough Council votes to freeze tax

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At its full council meeting this afternoon Scarborough Council voted to freeze its rates for the coming financial year.

The options open to councillors were to freeze its share once again or to implement a 1.94 per cent rise – the highest amount it could have raised its level by without triggering a local referendum is 1.99 per cent.

The authority’s cabinet has previously indicated that it will suggest councillors vote in favour of freezing the tax for next year, and so it was that the council agreed.

Labour councillors, supported by the Greens, proposed a rise in the borough’s precept but they were defeated in their attempts.

People in the borough are already facing being hit in the pocket after North Yorkshire County Council, which accounts for more than 60 per cent of people’s council tax precept, North Yorkshire Police, the Fire Authority and the town and parish councils all decided to increase their share of the tax.

Conservative-run North Yorkshire County Council’s decision came despite a plea from the Government for authorities not to raise tax levels this year. This is the second year running the county has defied Central Government when setting its precept.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire County Council said: “The council tax increase will produce income of around £4.8 million to set against a budget requirement of £363 million. Even with the tax increase, the council will need to take more £1.6 million from its reserves while implementing savings of around £22 million in the next financial year.”