Selby District Council is proposing to freeze Council Tax as it sets out its budget priorities for the next financial year focusing on supporting communities to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and keeping vital services going.
The Council has launched a six-week consultation on its financial proposals. A key element of the draft budget plans for April 2021 to March 2022 is delivering the priorities set out in the Council Plan which include supporting town centres and delivering new homes.
Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane explained: “We are living in difficult times as the world battles Coronavirus, your vital public services continue. And despite the potential changes in local government across North Yorkshire we must continue to plan for the future.
“We understand that 2020 has been a difficult year for many of our residents and their families and we want to help ease the burden where we can. So we are proposing to freeze the average Council Tax charge for Selby district next year. This means the charge for a Band D property would stay at £183.22.
“Our on-going response to the pandemic and our plans for investment mean that all of our efforts are going to be focussed on service delivery. We still have savings to make but we plan to use reserves in the short term and reassess what’s needed when the Government’s funding review has been concluded,” Cllr Crane added.
“Despite the financial challenges we face, we’re in good shape as we take a long-term view of our money and make sure we plan well ahead.”
Click here to take part in the consultation and find out more about the draft budget plans. You can submit comments until 15 January. In February 2021 councillors will consider the budget proposals at a meeting which will be broadcast online.