Councillors in Poole have agreed to raise council tax by 4.99% to help fund adult social care and maintain important frontline services.
At a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 21 February, councillors approved the council’s budget and the level of council tax for 2017/18.
The 4.99% increase in the council’s share of council tax means the annual bill for a Band D property will be £1,320.57 from 1 April, excluding the additional charges for police and fire services. This is an increase of £62.73 a year, or £1.21 a week.
Council tax bills in Poole will remain the lowest in Dorset, despite further cuts in government funding and increasing demand for services, particularly for vulnerable children, adults and older people.
The 4.99% increase includes a 3% ‘social care precept’ to specifically fund adult social care.
The council must save more than £23 million between 2017 and 2020 to balance its budget. By 2020, the council will be completely reliant on the money it raises locally through council tax and other means, as the government withdraws all funding for local services.