Council tax bills for Selby residents will rise in April after district councillors rubber-stamped a rates hike.
An increase of 2.94% to the authority's portion of district council tax bills was approved as members of Selby District Council met today at their Civic Centre base.
Tonight's announcement means an average 'Band D' home will be required to contribute £175.22 into SDC coffers - a figure that represents a rise of £5 versus last year's bill.
The council says the increase will provide cash to invest in homes and business growth but warns of significant savings still needing to be made as it looks to balance its books.
Selby District Council’s part of Council Tax amounts to around 10% of the total bill, the rest being divvied up among the police, fire service, parish councils and the lions share going to County Hall in Northalleton.
Selby District Council Leader, Cllr Mark Crane, explained, “Our budget this year is a balance between continuing to make savings and doing things more efficiently – for which we have a great track record – but also investing in the long-term for our district.
“We’ve made significant strides over the past twelve months in our work to support business and sustainable housing growth, and we’ve set out ambitious plans to invest in delivering new affordable homes, for example. This is because we want to invest in the things that will deliver long-term benefits to our area and support people living and working here. That’s why we’ve agreed this modest increase, which is supported by ongoing savings.
“Paying just £175 per year for all District Council services represents great value for money and has been made possible because of our work over a number of years to drive through savings and make good investments.”
News of SDC's rates hike comes only one day after members of North Yorkshire County Council voted to increase its precept by 4.99%.