Tax rise hinted for Craven District Council

Craven Herald: Craven District Council leader Coun Chris Knowles-Fitton Craven District Council leader Coun Chris Knowles-Fitton

An indication that an increase in council tax is being considered by Craven District Council was revealed by the leader of the council.

In his report to council, Coun Chris Knowles-Fitton (Cons) said the need to increase the council’s tax base was “paramount”.

Coun Knowles-Fitton, whose attempts to increase council tax last year were defeated, said the council had once again been offered £35,000 by central government to freeze council tax.

If the council decides to leave its precept unchanged, it will be the fourth year in a row. Meanwhile, North Yorkshire County Council has strongly indicated it is considering a rise in its part of the council tax.

“The offer for next year is only one per cent – which is approximately £35,000, but I’m minded to consider the maximum council tax increase we can apply, which is 1.63 per cent,” said Coun Knowles-Fitton.

“While the difference in money terms isn’t that much, we haven’t for three years increased our council tax base and the need to start doing that is paramount.”

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