The 2016/17 budget was approved by Full Council on Wednesday 24 February 2016. In order to achieve a balanced budget, councillors agreed an increase in the borough's council tax charge of 2.78% - an increase of less than 2p per day.
This means that all our services, including refuse collection and recycling, street cleaning, environmental health, planning, licensing, housing advice and benefits, cost you around 51p a day.
We keep only around 12% of the overall council tax charge. For a band D property, the charge is £1,518.45, which breaks down as follows:
- £184.83 for Dacorum Borough Council’s services
- £1,186.62 goes to Hertfordshire County Council to pay for services such as highways, education and care services
- £147.00 goes to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire.
If you live in areas served by town and parish councils, you will also pay an extra charge for their services.
Councillor Andrew Williams, Leader of the Council, says: "With our budgets being squeezed harder than ever by reductions in government funding, rising prices and increased demand for our services, we will continue to adapt the way we work in order to reduce costs and balance the books for future years.
“This year, the council tax you pay goes up by 2.78% - an increase of less than 2p a day. This means that you pay less than 52p a day for the local services we deliver for you – from street cleaning and recycling to planning services and supporting vulnerable local residents. We will continue to invest in our regeneration programmes to create growth across the borough and deliver the kind of area that local people can be proud of. With quality housing, reliable local services, a wide range of facilities and great employment prospects, we want to give all of our residents access to the best opportunities that Dacorum has to offer.”
Our budget for the financial year 2016 to 2017 gives details of our spending, income, fees and charges, and details of the changes we have made to ensure we have a balanced budget.
The detailed Budget Book for the financial year 2016 to 2017 (PDF 2.6MB) gives this information in detail.