A report outlining the budget proposals for the new Dorset Council has been published, ahead of Shadow Executive Committee on 11 February.
Councillors will be asked to approve the budget proposals before going to full council on 20 February for final agreement. This includes information on how the council tax is set.
It is proposed for all residents in the new Dorset Council area to pay the same council tax rate from 1 April 2019 – the first day of the new unitary authority’s existence. This is called Council Tax Harmonisation. This avoids residents in one part of the new council area contributing more to the cost of services than others.
Previously, rates varied across the 5 district and borough councils. Council tax helps to pay for many local services like care for vulnerable children and adults, road maintenance and rubbish collection.
Council tax is charged on the household. It is based on the value of the property and not on what the household earns. The amount of council tax you pay depends on which property band your home is in and any discounts or exemptions that apply. The average ‘Band D’ rate for Dorset Council is proposed to be £1629.75 per year.