Residents to receive new council tax bills following Referendum no vote
Date Added: 22/05/2015
New council tax bills will be sent to 113,550 homes in Central Bedfordshire following the results of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s council tax referendum in which residents rejected a 15.84 per cent increase in the Police portion of their bill.
The result means that a substitute precept, amounting to a 1.99 per cent increase, will take effect. Residents will be re-billed on the basis of this lower rate which represents an annual charge for the Police and Crime Commissioner of £159.67 for a band D property (as opposed to the charge of £181.35 arising from the 15.84 per cent increase). As a contingency measure, both precept amounts were ratified by Council in February.
All council tax bills will now be reissued to reflect the referendum result and a reduction applied which will be back dated to 1 April 2015. The average reduction on a band D property will amount to £21.68 for the year.
Residents should continue to pay their council tax in the usual way until they receive the revised bill, which will be issued during week beginning 8 June. The revised bill will confirm your reduced charge and revised monthly instalment payments.
For more information about the council tax referendum and its impact on council tax visit the council website www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/counciltax to read the council tax referendum frequently asked questions flyer.