Tax rise on the cards for Chichester district


A RISE in council tax is on the agenda at Chichester District Council’s meeting on Tuesday.

At a meeting of the full council, members are recommended to agree a rise of £2.62 extra a year for a band D property.

This means a band D taxpayer would pay £140.81 per year to Chichester District Council and council tax would generate £7m for the council.

Parish and town councils in the area have already set their own precepts, with an average four per cent rise across the board – meaning an average tax figure of £46 for a band D taxpayer. However, this varies across the district.

West Sussex County Council has frozen its share of the council tax, meaning a band D household will pay £1,161.99 per year to county.

Combined, this brings the average for a band D property to £1,348.80, excluding the precept for Sussex Police, which is expected to see a two per cent rise.

A report to members ahead of Tuesday’s meeting, outlines the cost of services to Chichester District Council.

It showed the most expensive service is waste and recycling services, taking a £2.7m slice out of the council’s budget.

The housing and planning department as a whole has a budget for £4.5m and wellbeing and community services cost £3.6m. The latter includes leisure centres which are expected to cost the council £1.4m in the next financial year.

Car parks are listed as a source of income with £3.2m revenue expected in 2014/15.

The total cost of services to the district council is expected to be £15.3m in the next financial year and the council has said it needs £13.2m to run the services.

With council tax bringing in £7m, the rest will be made up by central government grants and other forms of income.

Other items in the agenda of Tuesday’s meeting include the constitution of the council, senior staff pay, and the Chichester harbour management plan.

The public meeting will be held at East Pallant House, Chichester, from 2.30pm.

n See next week’s Observer for a full report on council tax, with a full list of the precepts for each parish and town council in the district.

n See page 23 for a report on the Sussex Police council tax budget.