Agenda item

Council Tax and Budget Setting 2019-20

Minutes:

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 17.4.1, an extension of time was given to Councillor David Turner and an equal amount of time to Cllrs John Burden and Leslie Hills.

 

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 David Turner and seconded by Cllr John Knight that:-

 

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

 

An amendment (amendment No.1) was moved by Councillor John Burden and seconded by Councillor Lee Croxton that:-

 

The Budget be amended to allow for the Parrock Street public conveniences to be brought back into use, at a cost of £2,630 per annum, and that provision be made within the General Fund Capital Programme for 2019-20 for the inclusion of a scheme to carry out surface repairs to Parrock Street vehicle park, at an estimated cost of £150,000.   These amendments to be funded through the use of General Fund working balances in the case of Parrock Street public conveniences, and through the application of unutilised capital receipts held by the authority in the case of the repair works to the vehicle park at Parrock Street.

 

For the motion

Against the motion

Abstain

The Worshipful the Mayor

Cllrs: Ashenden, Bains, Boycott, Broadley, Bungar, Burden, C Caller, J Caller, Craske, Croxton, Francis, Garside, Goatley, Halpin, Harding, Hills, Hurdle, Jassal, Knight, Lambert, Langdale, Loughlin, Meade, L Milner, Mochrie-Cox, Pearton, Rayner, Ridgers, Rolles, Sangha, Scollard, Shelbrooke, Singh, Sullivan, Thandi, Theobald, Thompson, Turner, Wallace and Wenban.

None.

None.

 

The amendment was declared to be carried unanimously.

 

An amendment (amendment No. 2) was moved by Councillor Leslie Hills and seconded by Councillor Samir Jassal that:-

 

The Conservative Group consider the recent increases to parking fees will have an adverse impact on regeneration of the town centre.  It is therefore proposed that these increases within Council-owned vehicle parks be reversed in the 2019/20 budget and that this measure be financed from the General Fund Working Balances.

 

For the motion

Against the motion

Abstain

Cllrs: Bains, Broadley, Harding, Hills, Jassal, Meade and Ridgers.

Cllrs: Ashenden, Boycott, Bungar, Burden, C Caller, J Caller, Craske, Croxton, Francis, Garside, Goatley, Halpin, Knight, Lambert, Langdale, Loughlin, L Milner, Mochrie-Cox, Rayner, Rolles, Sangha, Scollard, Shelbrooke, Singh, Sullivan, Thandi, Theobald, Thompson, Turner, Wallace and Wenban.

The Worshipful the Mayor

Cllrs: Hurdle and Pearton.

 

The amendment was declared to be lost by 31 votes to 7.

 

The substantive motion, as amended by amendment No. 1 above, was put to the meeting.

 

For the motion

Against the motion

Abstain

The Worshipful the Mayor

Cllrs: Ashenden, Bains, Boycott, Broadley, Bungar, Burden, C Caller, J Caller, Craske, Croxton, Francis, Garside, Goatley, Halpin, Harding, Hills, Hurdle, Jassal, Knight, Lambert, Langdale, Loughlin, Meade, L Milner, Mochrie-Cox, Pearton, Rayner, Ridgers, Rolles, Sangha, Scollard, Shelbrooke, Singh, Sullivan, Thandi, Theobald, Thompson, Turner, Wallace and Wenban.

None.

None.

 

The motion was declared to be carried unanimously.

 

It was therefore resolved that:-

 

1. it be noted that on 17 January 2019 the Director (Corporate Services) calculated;

(a)

the Council Tax Base 2019-20 for the whole Council area as 33,930.46 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

673.57

Higham

1,564.19

Luddesdown

101.77

Meopham

3,070.15

Shorne

1,149.31

Vigo

712.78

Gravesham & Northfleet

26,658.69

Total

33,930.46

2.

calculate that the Council Tax requirement for the Council's own purposes for 2019-20 (excluding Parish precepts) is £6,892,290 (£203.13 per Band D Property).

3.

the following amounts be calculated by the Council for the year 2019-20 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)

£64,950,120

being the 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 by Parish Councils.

(b)

£57,718,090

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

(c)

£7,232,030

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)

£213.14

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 Parish precepts).

(e)

£339,740

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

(f)

£203.13

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

233.56

Higham

258.44

Luddesdown

259.63

Meopham

234.57

Shorne

227.73

 

 

Vigo

346.46

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

155.71

181.66

207.61

233.56

285.46

337.36

389.27

467.12

Higham

172.29

201.01

229.72

258.44

315.87

373.30

430.73

516.88

Luddesdown

173.09

201.93

230.78

259.63

317.33

375.02

432.72

519.26

Meopham

156.38

182.44

208.51

234.57

286.70

338.82

390.95

469.14

Shorne

151.82

177.12

202.43

227.73

278.34

328.94

379.55

455.46

Vigo

230.97

269.47

307.96

346.46

423.45

500.44

577.43

692.92

All other parts

135.42

157.99

180.56

203.13

248.27

293.41

338.55

406.26

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.

it be noted that for the year 2019-20 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

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

866.28

1,010.66

1,155.04

1,299.42

1,588.18

1,876.94

2,165.70

2,598.84

5.

it be noted that for the year 2019-20 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

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

128.77

150.23

171.69

193.15

236.07

278.99

321.92

386.30

6.

it be noted that for the year 2019-20 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

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

51.84

60.48

69.12

77.76

95.04

112.32

129.60

155.52

7.

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 2019-20 for each of the categories of dwellings shown below:-

Part of the Council's area

Valuation Bands

 A

 B

 C

D

 E

F

G

H

Parish of:

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

Cobham

1,202.60

1,403.03

1,603.46

1,803.89

2,204.75

2,605.61

3,006.49

3,607.78

Higham

1,219.18

1,422.38

1,625.57

1,828.77

2,235.16

2,641.55

3,047.95

3,657.54

Luddesdown

1,219.98

1,423.30

1,626.63

1,829.96

2,236.62

2,643.27

3,049.94

3,659.92

Meopham

1,203.27

1,403.81

1,604.36

1,804.90

2,205.99

2,607.07

3,008.17

3,609.80

Shorne

1,198.71

1,398.49

1,598.28

1,798.06

2,197.63

2,597.19

2,996.77

3,596.12

Vigo

1,277.86

1,490.84

1,703.81

1,916.79

2,342.74

2,768.69

3,194.65

3,833.58

All other parts

1,182.31

1,379.36

1,576.41

1,773.46

2,167.56

2,561.66

2,955.77

3,546.92

 

Further that, the Budget be amended to allow for the Parrock Street public conveniences to be brought back into use, at a cost of £2,630 per annum, and that provision be made within the General Fund Capital Programme for 2019-20 for the inclusion of a scheme to carry out surface repairs to Parrock Street vehicle park, at an estimated cost of £150,000.   These amendments to be funded through the use of General Fund working balances in the case of Parrock Street public conveniences, and through the application of unutilised capital receipts held by the authority in the case of the repair works to the vehicle park at Parrock Street.

 

Note:

 

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

(2)  Councillor Anthony Pritchard did not participate in the vote because he was feeling unwell and had left the Council Chamber before the vote had taken place.

 

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