For the last five years, East Devon District Council has frozen its share of the Council Tax, keeping bills down for its residents while still providing first rate services.
Due to continued reductions in the central government grant to district councils, the council unanimously decided last night (Weds 24th Feb) to increase Council Tax by £5 a year for 2016/17 which amounts to less than 10p per week for the average property.
That means a typical Band D householder will pay East Devon District Council (EDDC) £126.78 a year for all its services – which is still the lowest in Devon and amongst the lowest in the country.
Just 8p in each pound collected…
The council takes just 8p in every pound of the total Council Tax bill with the rest of the money going to Devon County Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service along with town and parish councils.
Despite a financially challenging climate, the council has delivered several of many achievements in the last 12 months including;
- Strong employment growth at the West End of the district with the council’s third strategic employment site Skypark nearing the completion of its infrastructure.
- As a shareholder of the Exeter Science Park Company, securing more than £10m of Growth Deal and Regional Growth Fund money to invest in the Science Park centre.
- Delivering the highest ever number of new affordable local homes for local people in one year totaling 388.
- Investing in Seaton Jurassic – Opening next month.
- Winning national planning and housing awards for the council’s new town of Cranbrook.
- Working with local communities to deliver a significant number of recreational and sports facilities across the district using Section 106 funding.
- Achieved a Gold Investors in People award.
67,000 Bills to send out…
More than 67,000 Council Tax bills will be sent out to East Devon households around 9 March. Read more about your Council Tax.
East Devon District Council will be responsible for sending out 67,000 bills, but only 8 pence in every pound collected is for East Devon District Council. The remaining 92 pence is collected on behalf of Devon County Council, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, East Devon District Council and our parish councils.