Councillors recommend council tax freeze for Stevenage

19 Feb 2015

Councillors on Stevenage Borough Council’s Executive are recommending a freeze in the Stevenage Borough Council portion of the council tax for the sixth year running.

For a Band C property, the Stevenage Borough Council element will be frozen at £167.57. This amounts to a payment of 46p a day for services including children’s play facilities, police community support officers and CCTV coverage, doorstep refuse and recycling collections, cleaning and maintenance of the town’s streets and parks, cemeteries, allotments, the Museum, and events such as Stevenage Day and the firework display.

While the police have already announced that their proportion of the council tax for 2015/16 will not increase, Hertfordshire County Council has yet to decide. The final levels of council tax due from Stevenage residents will be set at a meeting of Full Council on 25 February.

Leader of the Council and Chair of Executive, Cllr Sharon Taylor, said, “We know how difficult family budgets are in these uncertain times and we want to help our residents through these continuing difficulties by keeping their council tax bills down.

“While we have no influence over the levels that the county council or the police set, we want to show our residents that we are committed to careful budget planning so that we can continue to provide them with value for money services that meet their needs.”