Council tax remains one of lowest in country
Residents in West Oxfordshire will continue to pay the second lowest council tax for shire councils in England, it has been confirmed.
A meeting of the full Council confirmed council tax for 2019-20 will rise by £5 - roughly a penny a day - which is within Government guidelines.
It means the council’s charge for the average Band D property in the District will be £99.38.
The move was approved along with the Council’s Budget for 2019-20 at the meeting on Wednesday (27/2).
At the meeting, Cllr James Mills, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, highlighted how the authority was “leading the way” in areas such as homelessness prevention with new emergency accommodation in Chipping Norton set to open.
Leisure services were also highlighted with Phase Two of the Carterton Leisure Centre now under way along with improvements to Chipping Norton Leisure Centre while grants to the community and voluntary sector will also be maintained at current levels.
He also flagged the success of local authority company Publica of which the Council is part-owner. Publica will deliver savings of £360,000 to the Council next year. Partnership working, which first started in 2008, is now delivering over £4.7 million of savings per annum across the partnership and has delivered savings of over £20m since 2008. Councillor Mills said that West Oxfordshire District Council’s share of the savings from partnership working equated to a £55 saving for a Band D property.
Cllr Mills added: “Once again we can protect our services despite the significant pressures associated with the current financial climate.
“Council tax will remain the second lowest for shire districts in England and the lowest in Oxfordshire by some margin.
“We will ensure the provision of first class services with benefits such as free parking and we will continue to invest in the District.”
The increase will raise a total of £217,970 in council tax which is seen as making a major contribution to helping the Council balance its budget in future years.