At a Budget meeting, on Thursday 28 February 2019, councillors agreed to raise council tax for 2019/20 by 3.25% (1.75% basic, plus a 1.5% increase for the social care precept).
This means council tax charges for council services (excluding fire and police charges and parish precepts) for properties in bands C and D for the forthcoming year are:
- Band D: £1,330.25
- Band C: £1,182.45 (the rate for the majority of properties in York)
The agreed budget has been informed by citywide consultation, and reflects our key priorities, which include supporting the most vulnerable people in the city and helping grow the economy.
All budget reports can be found with the minutes of the Executive Meeting held on Thursday 14 February 2019, including:
- Financial Strategy 2019/20 to 2023/24
- Capital Strategy 2019/20 to 2023/24
- Treasury Management Strategy and Prudential Indicators for 2019/20 to 2023/24
We've faced some tough decisions with the 2019/20 budget, to ensure that we continue to deliver on our priorities, whilst also ensuring our financial position is managed effectively.
Even though we spend one of the lowest amounts per head of population amongst UK local authorities, we still provide the same services as other, higher-spending councils.
We're making decisions about:
- which services should be protected
- which services we can deliver differently
- which services we might need to cut
- whether charges for some services should be increased