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Declarations of Interest
Members are invited to declare any personal or disclosable pecuniary interests, including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be considered at this meeting.
[If Councillors have any questions relating to predetermination, bias or interests in items on this Agenda, then please contact the Monitoring Officer in advance of the meeting]
Members were invited to declare any interests in the items of business to be considered during the course of the meeting but none was made.
Report of COP Lead Specialist Finance
Consideration was given to a report that calculated and set out the Council Tax for 2017/18, having taken into account the precepts as notified from Devon County Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, and the Town and Parish Councils.
Members considered the detail of the report and the COP Lead Finance brought the key elements to Members attention.
During discussion, Members raised concerns regarding the late notification from central Government of the final settlement. The COP Lead Finance agreed to write to the Secretary of State and local MPs setting out the concerns of Members and the impact on the budget setting process.
Members also discussed the continuing confusion regarding which authority delivered what service. This information had historically been presented in a leaflet delivered with the council tax bills. For the past couple of years, this information has been put online and a link to the Council’s website is shown on the face of the council tax bill to direct residents to this page. This followed a change in the legislation from the Government which allowed all Councils to put this information online, rather than in a paper copy of a council tax leaflet.
Members noted the importance of the explanatory leaflet and asked if this could be reviewed in time for next year’s billing (2018/19 council tax bills) as to whether the Council re-instated including a paper copy of the leaflet with the council tax bills.
It was then:
1. That it be noted that in December 2016 the Senior Leadership Team, under delegated authority from full Council, approved the Council Tax Base for the year 2017/18
2. That the Council Tax requirement for West Devon Borough Council’s own purposes for 2017/18 (excluding Parish precepts) is calculated at £4,356,612 (Appendix B).
3. That the following amounts are calculated by the Council for the year 2017/18 in accordance with Sections 31 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 and the Localism Act 2011 (Appendix B):