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Meeting of the Executive held on 04/12/2007
Setting of Council Tax Base 2008/2009



APPENDIX E.5

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE – 4TH DECEMBER 2007

Title:
SETTING OF COUNCIL TAX BASE 2008/2009
[Portfolio Holder for Finance: Cllr M H W Band]
[Wards Affected: All]

Summary and Purpose

The purpose of this report is to seek approval of the 2008/2009 council tax base which, under the provisions of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, the Council is required to determine prior to approval of the Council’s budget for 2008/2009.

Environmental implications:

There are no environmental implications.

Social / community implications:

There are no direct social or community implications.

E-Government implications:

There are no e-government implications.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no direct implications from the content of this report.
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Introduction

1. Under the provisions of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (as amended by section 84 of the Local Government Act 2003), it is necessary to determine the council tax base to be used in setting local taxes in any year before approval of the Council’s Budget for that year. The council tax base is a calculated sum used for tax-setting purposes to produce the actual level of the council tax necessary to raise the amount required by the Council to meet both its own expenditure requirements and the precepts of other local authorities. The council tax base is thus the measure in the council tax system of the relative taxable capacity of different areas. The Council will be determining the actual level of the council tax for each of the eight property valuation bands in each of the Town/Parish areas throughout the Borough at its meeting on 19th February 2008 and such levels will be determined using the approved council tax base.


Background

2. Calculation of the Council Tax Base

a) Each billing authority is required to calculate its council tax base. The calculation is based upon the return (Form CTB1 2008/09) which each billing authority was required to submit to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) by 26th October 2007 containing an estimate of its ‘relevant tax base’ for grant purposes. That return was based on the Valuation List provided by the Valuation Officer at 17th September 2007. The Form CTB1 takes as its base the actual number of dwellings included in the Valuation List; analyses those properties over each of the eight valuation bandings; discounts the number of dwellings for single-adult households, disablement reduction and applies further discounts and exemptions based on information known as at 8th October 2007 within the Finance Department. The resultant equivalent number of dwellings in each band is then converted to Band D equivalents by application of the following ratios:

Band Ratio to Band D

A 6/9 ths
B 7/9 ths
C 8/9 ths
D 1
E 11/9 ths
F 13/9 ths
G 15/9 ths
H 18/9 ths

The total number of Band D equivalents shown on CTB1 2008/09 is 54,441.8

b) The Council then multiplies the aggregate of all Band D equivalents by its estimate of the ‘collection rate’ for the year, i.e. the Council’s estimate of the percentage of the net collectable debit for the year it will ultimately, as billing authority, collect. In view of the high level of council tax collection in Waverley it is considered that a ‘collection rate’ of 99.0% remains appropriate in respect of the 2008/09 council tax year.

c) Because there are twenty-one Town/Parish Councils in Waverley, it is necessary for the information shown on Form CTB1 2008/09 to be analysed over each of the Town/Parish Council areas in order to determine the number of Band D equivalents for each of those areas. The analysis so obtained forms the basis of the council tax base for each of the Town/Parish Council areas.

d) A summary of the council tax bases at Band D equivalents for each of the Town/Parish Councils, which would be set if the above ‘collection rate’ were to be approved, is set out at Annexe 1.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Executive approves that, pursuant to the foregoing report and in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, the council tax base for Waverley and for each of the Town/Parish Council areas for the year 2008/2009 shall be as shown in Annexe 1.
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Background Papers (DoF)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.
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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Glennis Pope Telephone: 01483 523252
E-mail: gpope@waverley.gov.uk






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