News: New Forest Council Tax set
Council Tax for New Forest households for 2018/19 has been set at £1,693.78 for an average band D property, an increase of £90.06 (5.62%).
The total amount is collected by New Forest District Council, and then the Council Tax is split between the following organisations:
Hampshire County Council £ 1200.96
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire £177.46
New Forest District Council £168.36
Parish/Town Councils £81.26
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority £65.74
Talking about the District Council’s part of the overall bill, Leader of NFDC, Cllr Barry Rickman said, “It is a difficult decision to raise our element of Council Tax but continuing major reductions in government grant mean that for us to continue to deliver our local council services – including refuse collection, recycling, street cleaning, environmental health, planning, licensing and homelessness prevention – require that we have an increase.
“The District Council’s increase in Council Tax of less than 10p per week for a band D property continues to meet our aim to provide good value for money services that the community want at a fair and reasonable cost.”
Council Tax bills will start to be posted to households around the 10 March, and will include information on how to pay.
New Forest organisations are appealing to people to please respect and care for the National Park and follow the New Forest code.