HOUSEHOLDERS in Mansfield will not face a rise in their Council Tax after district councillors committed to freezing the bill at last year’s levels.
At a full meeting of Mansfield District Council on Thursday, the authority rubber-stamped plans not to raise its share of the tax for the coming financial year.
The decision means that residents living in Band A properties will pay £1,071.80 in total in 2011-12, while residents in Band B properties will pay £1,250.43 across 12 months from 1st April.
The council decided not to increase the bill in recognition of the difficult financial climate facing residents and will now benefit from a Government grant as part of the agreement to freeze the rate.
The new grant scheme is open to all billing and major precepting authorities, including police and fire authorities, which freeze or reduce their council tax next year - meaning they will receive additional funding in 2011-12, equivalent to raising their 2010-11 council tax by 2.5 per cent.
During the meeting, Coun Kate Allsop, portfolio holder for regeneration, praised the efforts of the council and Coun Roger Sutcliffe, portfolio holder for resources, in making the council tax freeze possible.
“I’d like to say how proud I personally feel that this council for leading the way on this decision and setting an example,” she said.
“I think the council’s financial team and, in particular, Coun Sutcliffe have done a very good job,”
Coun Sutcliffe said it had been an important decision for the council to make in times of economic uncertainty.
“I think everybody has got to be pleased about this, it is especially good at a time when we are staring austerity in the face, ” he said.
“I think Mansfield District Council has really been a pioneer of this (the council tax freeze) and has set the tone for other authorities to follow - having spoken to those at bigger city councils, they are staggered that we have come out with these figures and still have money in reserve which we want to use to really revitalise this town and make it blossom.
“But this has not happened over night and has taken a great deal of restructuring throughout the council across several areas.”
The overall tax freeze means that householders living in a Band A property will pay Nottinghamshire County Council £795.45, Nottinghamshire Police Authority £106.74 and Nottinghamshire Fire Authority £46.46.