Residents will pay an extra six pence a week in tax to Stafford Borough Council from April.
It will mean the average Band D property in the borough will pay around £3.18 a week in the next financial year for services such as the recycling and waste collection, street cleaning, maintaining parks and helping the homeless.
The less than a penny a day rise in the tax was agreed by the council’s cabinet at a meeting on Thursday evening (13th).
The meeting heard that the ongoing response to Covid-19 had continued to have an impact on the finances of the local authority - with increase costs and a reduction in income.
The cabinet report stated “The Council has previously received Government financial support to address the additional cost pressures borne by the Council in responding to the pandemic.
“However, the Council has been required to meet a significant proportion of the loss of income from sales, fees and charges. The impact of Covid-19 has had, and continues to have a material impact on the financial position of the Council for the foreseeable future.”
The council is the ‘collecting authority’ for the whole of Stafford Borough and the overall council tax bill to residents will include charges for Staffordshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Fire authority, as well as any additions for areas with parish councils.
The annual amount of council tax for a Band D property that will be paid to Stafford Borough Council from April is £165.38 for 2022/23 - a 1.9% increase on the previous year.
The proposals are expected to go before a meeting of the council next month (February).
Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “Nobody welcomes an increase in their bill which is why we have always kept any rise in council tax to a minimum, and below inflation since 2003 - and for the forthcoming financial year this will mean less than one pence a day for the average household.
“This council has an excellent reputation for having well managed finances. We know the pandemic continues to have an impact on the authority – but despite this we have still earmarked significant investment to deliver major projects such as the transformation of Stafford Town Centre and the creation of a top-class destination park for Stone, while keeping the increase in council tax below two per cent.”
The report is available from Cabinet | Stafford Borough Council (staffordbc.gov.uk)
Press Release No 5847