Council tax set for freeze after administration re-think

COUNCIL tax is to be frozen by Colchester Council next year following an administration U-turn.

Earlier this month, the coalition running the authority revealed it intended to increase its precept of the council tax bill by 1.95 per cent.

The average Band D taxpayer would have paid an extra £3.42 a year - about 7p a week.

But following a rethink, the Lib Dem group, the largest group running the administration has proposed a freeze at £175.23 for a Band D ratepayer.

The move was announced by council leader Anne Turrell at a finance & audit scrutiny panel meeting tonight.

She said: "We have been able to freeze council tax and have managed to find e money to keep council tax at a zero percent rise and the council is now eligible for £109,000 grant money from central Government."

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6:16pm Tue 22 Jan 13

jim_bo says...

Anne Turrell announces tax freeze - Is that cos of the backlash on these pages ??
Anne Turrell announces tax freeze - Is that cos of the backlash on these pages ?? jim_bo
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11:10pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Reginald47 says...

Unlikely - any backlash on these pages over a rise of 7p a week says more about the intelligence of the people causing the backlash than it does about the council.
Unlikely - any backlash on these pages over a rise of 7p a week says more about the intelligence of the people causing the backlash than it does about the council. Reginald47
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12:08am Wed 23 Jan 13

Boris says...

Reginald47 wrote:
Unlikely - any backlash on these pages over a rise of 7p a week says more about the intelligence of the people causing the backlash than it does about the council.
Very true.
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A likelier reason could be that they can now collect £109000 from the government, which they would have forfeited if they had put council tax up. Not sure what that comes to in percentage terms but either way it is barely significant.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: Unlikely - any backlash on these pages over a rise of 7p a week says more about the intelligence of the people causing the backlash than it does about the council.[/p][/quote]Very true. . A likelier reason could be that they can now collect £109000 from the government, which they would have forfeited if they had put council tax up. Not sure what that comes to in percentage terms but either way it is barely significant. Boris
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8:12am Wed 23 Jan 13

mirokou says...

Boris wrote:
Reginald47 wrote:
Unlikely - any backlash on these pages over a rise of 7p a week says more about the intelligence of the people causing the backlash than it does about the council.
Very true.
.
A likelier reason could be that they can now collect £109000 from the government, which they would have forfeited if they had put council tax up. Not sure what that comes to in percentage terms but either way it is barely significant.
Lets be realistic this town needs investment , they can afford to put up Council tax more than 7p a week and if used to make obvious improvements , such as the High street , retail units and pedestrian areas , etc then go ahead at 25p a week. You need to speculate to accumulate, lets attract the people that bring money in to town that want to invest and shop, if I see another Poundland style store open in this town..:-(
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: Unlikely - any backlash on these pages over a rise of 7p a week says more about the intelligence of the people causing the backlash than it does about the council.[/p][/quote]Very true. . A likelier reason could be that they can now collect £109000 from the government, which they would have forfeited if they had put council tax up. Not sure what that comes to in percentage terms but either way it is barely significant.[/p][/quote]Lets be realistic this town needs investment , they can afford to put up Council tax more than 7p a week and if used to make obvious improvements , such as the High street , retail units and pedestrian areas , etc then go ahead at 25p a week. You need to speculate to accumulate, lets attract the people that bring money in to town that want to invest and shop, if I see another Poundland style store open in this town..:-( mirokou
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9:36am Wed 23 Jan 13

wellnow says...

Yes rather suspect its more to do with simple maths that could have ended with more egg on the turrell visage.
Yes rather suspect its more to do with simple maths that could have ended with more egg on the turrell visage. wellnow
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1:41pm Thu 24 Jan 13

wellnow says...

All the areas of our council tax seem to be lining up for increases so most probably this might result in a rethink on the rethink.
All the areas of our council tax seem to be lining up for increases so most probably this might result in a rethink on the rethink. wellnow
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