Council tax up 4.5 per cent in East Devon


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The average Sidmouth household will pay £1,721.25 in council tax in 2017/18 – up 4.5 per cent on last year.

The overall bill is made up of payments to the town, district and county councils, the police and crime commissioner (PCC) for Devon and Cornwall, and the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, each of which has a budget known as a precept.

Figures are based on the average band D property.

Sidmouth Town Council upped its precept by £17,400, representing a 5.2 per cent increase – way below the 18 per cent average for parish and town councils in East Devon.

East Devon District Council is asking for another £5 off each household – a 3.94 per cent jump. It currently has the 17th lowest council tax out of 202 such authorities.

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Devon County Council has increased its precept by 4.99 per cent – three-fifths of which will fund adult social care.

The PCC and fire and rescue authority have each increased their precepts by 1.99 per cent.

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The average band D homeowner in Newton Poppleford will pay £1,704.72 in 2017/18. In Ottery St Mary, the figure is £1,705.51. The average householder in West Hill will pay £1,707.96.

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