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Meeting of the Executive held on 06/12/2005
Setting of Council Tax Base 2006/2007



Summary & Purpose
The purpose of this report is to seek approval of the 2006/2007 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 2006/2007.

APPENDIX D
Environmental implications:

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Social / community implications:

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E-Government implications:

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Resource and legal implications:

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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 21st February 2006 and such levels will be determined using the approved council tax base.

Background

Calculation of the Council Tax Base

2. Each billing authority is required to calculate its council tax base. The calculation is based upon the return (Form CTB1 2006/07) which each billing authority was required to submit to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) by 21st October 2005 containing an estimate of its ‘relevant tax base’ for grant purposes.
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 2006/07 is 53,668.1.

3. 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 2006/07 council tax year.

4. Because there are twenty one Town/Parish Councils in Waverley, it is necessary for the information shown on Form CTB1 2006/07 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.

5. 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 2006/2007 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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