Agenda item

Council Tax and Budget Setting 2020-21 (including the Supplementary Report on Gravesend Town Centre)

Minutes:

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 17.4.1, an extension of time was given to Councillor John Burden and an equal amount of time to Cllrs Jordan Meade and Harold Craske.

 

The Chief Executive reminded Members that all individual votes in relation to the budget and any amendments thereto would be recorded as required by legislation.

 

It was moved by Cllr John Burden and seconded by Cllr Lee Croxton that:-

 

the motion before Council as set out in the order paper be approved.

 

An amendment was moved by Councillor Jordan Meade and seconded by Councillor Ejaz Aslam that:-

 

Proposal one: A council tax reduction for care leavers aged 22-25

 

This Council will offer a Council Tax reduction to zero liability in respect of Care Leavers aged between 22-25.

 

Based on the figures provided (KCC Budget) and working on an average of 12 cases per district, the total cost to Gravesham would be estimated at £2,500.

 

Proposal two: Provision of 18 additional dog waste bins across the Borough

 

This Council will provide 18 additional multipurpose receptacles dog waste bins across the borough, with an expectation that Ward Members will provide intelligence as to where these should be located.

 

The cost of this solution would be £6,300.  There would be no further cost of collection as officers have advised that this could be absorbed into existing collection rounds.

 

Proposal three: A 25% business rate relief to assets of community value  

 

This Council will offer a 25% discretionary relief on business rates to all Assets of Community Value in Gravesham.

 

There are currently five properties listed on the register of assets of community value and all are already receiving reliefs or exemptions from Business Rates. A further 25% relief on the remaining business rates would be an annual estimated cost of some £2,200.  

 

Proposal four: Ringfenced funding to conduct a digital connectivity review

 

This Council shall ringfence £20,000 from the "Balance available after capital expenditure" in Appendix 2 of the Town Centre Regeneration paper to undertake a comprehensive review of the borough’s digital connectivity.

 

This review shall assess the digital capacity of Gravesham’s existing networks in both the town centre and in out of town locations.

 

 

Proposal five: Reintroduction of Members’ can grant scheme

 

This Council shall reintroduce the Gravesham CAN Grant Scheme at 2015/16 levels, thus providing each Ward Member with a grant of £1000 to spend on projects within their Wards.

 

Based on a £1,000 grant to 44 Councillors the estimated cost to the Council would be £44,000.

 

These budget amendments (with the exception of Proposal Four which will be funded from ring-fenced capital reserves) to be funded from the Council’s General Fund working balances.

 

Where Proposal Four was in relation to the connectivity assessment.

 

Following a debate, the amendment was put to the meeting and declared to be lost by 22 votes to 17:-

 

For the motion

Against the motion

Abstain

Cllrs: D Ashenden, H Ashenden, Aslam, Broadley, Dibben, A Elliott, E Elliott, Harding, Hills, Hoskins, Lane, Meade, Pritchard, Rice, Ridgers, Tiran, Wardle.

The Worshipful the Mayor

Cllrs: Burden, Caller, Croxton, Francis, Gow, Hayre, Khabra, L Milner, Mochrie-Cox, Morley, Mulheran, Rana, C Rolles, L Rolles, Sangha, Scollard, Singh, Sullivan, Thandi, Thompson and Wallace.

 

Cllrs: Craske and Pearton.

 

The substantive motion was put to the meeting and declared to be carried unanimously:-

 

For the motion

Against the motion

Abstain

The Worshipful the Mayor

Cllrs: D Ashenden, H Ashenden, Aslam, Broadley, Burden, Caller, Craske, Croxton, Dibben, A Elliott, Francis, Gow, Harding, Hayre, Hills, Hoskins, Khabra, Lane, Meade, L Milner, Mochrie-Cox, Morley, Mulheran, Pearton, Pritchard, Rana, Rice, Ridgers, C Rolles, L Rolles, Sangha, Scollard, Singh, Sullivan, Thandi, Thompson, Tiran, Wallace and Wardle.

 

None.

None.

 

 

It was therefore resolved that:-

 

1.    It be noted that on 10 January 2020 the Director (Corporate Services) calculated;

 

 

(a)

 

the Council Tax Base 2020-21 for the whole Council area as 34,334.50 Band D equivalent properties, in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 1992 made under Section 31B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended by Section 74 of the Localism Act 2011.

 

(b)

 

for dwellings in those parts of its area to which a Parish precept relates as set out below;

 

Part of the Council's area:

£

 

Cobham

 

674.93

 

Higham

 

1,572.62

 

Luddesdown

 

101.09

 

Meopham

 

3,069.44

 

Shorne

 

1,155.76

 

Vigo

 

696.13

 

Gravesham & Northfleet

27,064.53

 

Total

 

34,334.50

 

2.

Calculate that the Council Tax requirement for the Council's own purposes for 2020-21 (excluding Parish precepts) is £7,144,320 (£208.08 per Band D Property).

 

3.

That the following amounts be calculated by the Council for the year 2020-21 in accordance with Sections 31 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended by Section 74 of the Localism Act 2011:

 

(a)

 

£67,136,220

beingthe aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act taking into account all precepts issued to it byParish Councils.

 

(b)

 

£59,623,690

being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(3) of the Act.

 

(c)

 

£7,512,530

being the amount by which the aggregate at 3(a) above exceeds the aggregate at 3(b) above, calculated by the Council in accordance with Section 31A(4) of the Act as its Council Tax requirement for the year.

 

 

(d)

 

£218.80

being the amount at 3(c) above , all divided by Item 1a above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31B(1) of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the year (including Parishprecepts).

 

(e)

 

£368,210

being the aggregate amount of all special items (Parish precepts) referred to in Section 34(1) of the Act.

 

 

(f)

 

 

£208.08

being the amount at 3(d) above less the result given by dividing the amount at 3(e) above by Item 1a above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 34(2) of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which no Parish precept relates.

(g)

Part of the Council's area:

 

£

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cobham

 

239.19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higham

 

266.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luddesdown

 

270.65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meopham

 

242.88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorne

 

241.07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vigo

 

358.38

 

 

 

 

 

being the amounts given by adding to the amount at 3(f) above the amounts of the special item or items relating to dwellings in those parts of the Council's area mentioned above divided in each case by the amount at 1(b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 34(3) of the Act, as the basic amounts of its council tax for the year for the dwellings in those parts of its area to which one or more special items relate.

 

(h)

 

Part of the Council's area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valuation Bands

 

 

 

 

 

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

 

Parish of:

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

 

Cobham

159.46

186.04

212.61

239.19

292.34

345.50

398.65

478.38

 

Higham

177.42

206.99

236.56

266.13

325.27

384.41

443.55

532.26

 

Luddesdown

180.43

210.51

240.58

270.65

330.79

390.94

451.08

541.30

 

Meopham

161.92

188.91

215.89

242.88

296.85

350.83

404.80

485.76

 

Shorne

160.71

187.50

214.28

241.07

294.64

348.21

401.78

482.14

 

Vigo

238.92

278.74

318.56

358.38

438.02

517.66

597.30

716.76

 

All other parts

138.72

161.84

184.96

208.08

254.32

300.56

346.80

416.16

 

 

being the amounts given by multiplying the amounts at 3(f) and 3(g) above by the number which, in the proportion set out in Section 5(1) of the Act, is applicable to dwellings listed in a particular valuation band divided by the number which in that proportion is applicable to dwellings listed in valuation band D, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 36(1) of the Act, as the amounts to be taken into

account for the year in respect of categories of dwellings listed in different valuation bands.

 

 

4.

That it be noted that for the year 2020-21 the Kent County Council has stated the following amounts in precepts issued to the Council, in accordance with Section 40 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, for each of the categories of dwellings shown below:-

 

 

                                                            Valuation Bands

 

 

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

 

 

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

 

 

900.84

1,050.98

1,201.12

1,351.26

1,651.54

1,951.82

2,252.10

2,702.52

 

 

5.

 

That it be noted that for the year 2020-21 the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent has stated the following amounts in precepts issued to the Council, in accordance with Section 40 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, for each of the categories of dwellings shown below:-

                                                       Valuation Bands

 

 

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

 

 

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

 

 

135.43

158.01

180.58

203.15

248.29

293.44

338.58

406.30

 

 

6.

 

That it be noted that for the year 2020-21 the Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority, has stated the following amounts in precepts issued to the Council, in accordance with Section 40 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, for each of the categories of dwellings shown below: -

                                                     Valuation Bands

 

 

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

 

 

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

 

 

52.86

61.67

70.48

79.29

96.91

114.53

132.15

158.58

 

 

7.

 

That, having calculated the aggregate in each case of the amounts at 3(h), 4, 5 and 6 above, the Council, in accordance with Section 30 and 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, hereby sets the following amounts as the amounts of council tax for the year 2020-21 for each of the categories of dwellings shownbelow:-

 

Part of the Council's area

 

 

 

Valuation Bands

 

 

 

 

 

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

 

 Parish of:

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

 

 Cobham

1,248.59

1,456.70

1,664.79

1,872.89

2,289.08

2,705.29

3,121.48

3,745.78

 

 Higham

1,266.55

1,477.65

1,688.74

1,899.83

2,322.01

2,744.20

3,166.38

3,799.66

 

Luddesdown

1,269.56

1,481.17

1,692.76

1,904.35

2,327.53

2,750.73

3,173.91

3,808.70

 

Meopham

1,251.05

1,459.57

1,668.07

1,876.58

2,293.59

2,710.62

3,127.63

3,753.16

 

Shorne

1,249.84

1,458.16

1,666.46

1,874.77

2,291.38

2,708.00

3,124.61

3,749.54

 

Vigo

1,328.05

1,549.40

1,770.74

1,992.08

2,434.76

2,877.45

3,320.13

3,984.16

 

All other parts

1,227.85

1,432.50

1,637.14

1,841.78

2,251.06

2,660.35

3,069.63

3,683.56

 

8.       the Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2020-21 at Appendix 2 be approved;

 

9.       consideration was given to the view of the Director (Corporate Services) (as S151 Officer) on the robustness of estimates for the coming year, the medium term financial strategy and the adequacy of proposed reserves and balances, as required under Section 25 of the Local Government Finance Act 2003;

 

10.     the Council Tax Base as at Appendix 4 be ratified;

 

11.     consideration was given to the budget proposals contained within the report and the proposed Budget Book for Gravesham Borough Council provided at Appendix 7 and the General Fund and Housing Revenue Account revenue and capital budgets for 2020- 21 be determined, noting the provisional estimates for the further nine years;

 

12.     delegated authority be provided to the Director (Corporate Services), in consultation with the Leader of the Executive and Leader of the Opposition to make an adjustment to the budget in the form of a transfer to or from working balances equal to the difference between the provisional local government settlement and the final local government settlement, if the final settlement has not been received by 25 February 2020 (further information can be seen in paragraphs 6.3 and 6.4 of the report);

 

13.     the Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2020-21 be agreed; and

 

14.     the proposed plans for the Town Centre contained within the supplementary report be agreed and the Director (Corporate Services) makes the necessary amendments to the Capital and Revenue Budgets in 2020/21and future years to reflect the associated costs and financing options, as set out in Appendix 2 of the supplementary report.

 

Note:

 

(1)        During the debate, the meeting was adjourned in order to provide the Palantypist with an appropriate break; and

(2)        Councillor Emma Elliott did not participate in the vote for the substantive motion because she was feeling unwell and had left the Council Chamber before the vote had taken place.

 

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