Council tax rise announced

A COUNCIL tax rise of 3.5% has today been revealed by Forest Heath District Council for the coming financial year.

Laurence Cawley

A COUNCIL tax rise of 3.5% has today been revealed by Forest Heath District Council for the coming financial year.

The proposed increase will mean those living in a Band D property will pay �133.46 to the council, which is the lowest amount of all the district councils in Suffolk.

Council leader Geoffrey Jaggard said: "The current recession has hit Forest Heath District Council and we face the long term loss of over �1 million from falling interest rates plus loss of income from our planning and building control services.


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“However, because Forest Heath District Council has always practiced good financial management, we are able to set a Council Tax lower than last year and significantly lower than the government's ceiling of 4.99%.”

Of all the council tax collected by Forest Heath District Council less than 10% is kept by the authority. Most of the money goes to Suffolk County Council and the county's Police Authority.

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