Herts County Council refuses to rule out council tax rise
PUBLISHED: 10:17 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:17 03 January 2018
Hertfordshire County Council has refused to rule out raising its council tax precept for the coming financial year.
Central government has armed local authorities with additional powers to raise their precepts, which previously sparked Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and Welwyn Hatfield Council to announce their plans.
Asked whether the county council had similar ideas, a spokesman said: “Hertfordshire County Council will be taking the final decision on setting council tax rates for 2018/19 on February 22, 2018.”
However, county council leader David Williams, who is also executive member for resources, property and economy, welcomed the additional “flexibility” to raise the levy by three per cent.
“This one per cent increase does align with our expectations of annual pay settlements for local government workers rising from one per cent to two per cent, to help meet rises in the cost of living,” he said.
“However, this doesn’t help address the pressures on local services, including those from a growing population of ageing residents.”