Council tax bills to be slashed in 2012

Councillor Ann Ducker
Councillor Ann Ducker

COUNCIL tax bills could be about to drop under new plans put forward by bosses.

Residents in South Oxfordshire are set to be the first in the country to see their council tax go down, under proposals put forward by the leader of South Oxfordshire District Council.

Councillor Ann Ducker this week announced her intention to reduce council tax from 2012.

Mrs Ducker is proposing a 2.5 per cent reduction which would see a B and D taxpayers’ bill drop from £123.73 to £120.64.

The current level of council tax charged in South Oxfordshire is already one of the 20 lowest in the country for council tax.

She said: “These are very difficult economic times and I want to give a boost to residents by reducing what we ask them to pay for the services we provide.

“Earlier in the year when we were planning our budget for 2012/13 we had no plans to increase council tax, however as the government is now giving us the equivalent of a 2.5 per cent increase the best thing we can do is pass this straight on to our residents.

“In the last few years, the council has joined up with neighbouring Vale of White Horse District Council to provide the majority of services on a shared basis, a move which delivers savings in excess of £5 million a year.”

One example of savings is the waste recycling rate which is one of the best in the country.

“We have also worked hard with our market towns to maintain their vitality and encourage more people to shop locally.”