Friday, 5 March 2010

Residents in Teignbridge have seen the lowest rise in Council Tax over the past seven years compared to other district councils in Devon, new figures reveal.

The highest increase has been in West Devon where residents have seen a near 40% rise in their council tax.

West Devon’s council tax is £192.15 for an average Band D home.

Over the seven years since 2003, council tax for Teignbridge District Council (excluding all other authorities like police, county council) has gone up by 19.1% — the lowest for any of the eight district councils in the county and well below the average rate of increase, reports local councillor Alan Connett.

The seven year increases for each council are:

•Teignbridge 19.1%.
•Mid Devon 25.9%.
•East Devon 26.3%.
•North Devon 26.8%.
•Exeter 27.5%.
•South Hams 28.2%.
•Torridge 31%.
•West Devon 39.6%.
The average increase over the seven years is 28.2% and the average amount payable for a band D property is £151-64. The Council Tax for Teignbridge Council’s services is £150-17 – equivalent to £2-88 a week, added Cllr Connett.
He explained:” Since our first budget in 2004, we have set ourselves the target of low or no increases in council tax in Teignbridge and the fruit of that work is now being seen.

“Council Tax in Teignbridge has fallen below the Devon district average compared to being above average seven years ago. In addition while every other district council in Devon has seen a seven-year increase above 25%, we are well below at 19%”.

Last week (22 Feb) Teignbridge set a lower than predicted council tax of 1.97% — equivalent to a rise of six pence a week.

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