Council tax bills set to rise in North Yorkshire

Gazette & Herald: Council tax bills set to rise in North Yorkshire Council tax bills set to rise in North Yorkshire

COUNCIL tax bills in North Yorkshire could rise for the first time in four years if budget plans are approved with children’s centres under threat and some libraries and recycling centres possibly facing closure.

Conservative-controlled North Yorkshire County Council is proposing a 1.99 per cent increase for 2014/15, which would bring £4.6 million into its coffers as it is faced with saving £77 million between 2015 and 2019.

The Government would offer the council a grant if it freezes bills, but this would only raise £2.3 million. Councils must hold a referendum if they want to increase council tax above a certain level, currently expected to be two per cent, although the trigger-point may fall.

Other proposals going before the council’s executive next Tuesday include reviewing its library service, and some libraries which are not taken over by communities could close.

Some children’s centres are also likely to shut, although frontline work would be protected, and closing some household waste recycling centres is also possible, although ways of generating more income from them or transferring sites to commercial operators will be considered.

The council said there would be a significant reduction in jobs, but more money would be invested in extra-care housing and the Superfast North Yorkshire broadband programme, while £5 million will be spent on road repairs. About £20 million of cuts will be made in 2014/15.

Chief executive Richard Flinton said: “The scale of the reduction is unprecedented in the life of the county council, and while savings to date have largely protected the frontline, the next stage will require radically different ways of working.”

Ryedale District Council is set to propose freezing council tax but will need to find £401,000 to balance its 2014/15 budget. It expects to save £170,000 in efficiencies and raise £119,000 through new green waste collection charges.

The council’s capital programme has assumed £400,000 will come from the sale of Norton Bowls Club and £320,000 from a Kirkbymoorside property sale, but extra funding may need to be found if the sales hit snags.

Expenditure will include the final cost of the A64 Brambling Fields junction improvements, predicted to be £350,000 over budget, meaning the council will hope for more contributions from developers.

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12:13pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

why would we want to pile more money into a sinking ship? if they go over budget on a small construction project would people want to invest further if they had shares in? we are forced to give them money to waste. The council need to evaluate how they undertake all projects in the future as it would seem they do not have the correct resources managing them. Contractors must just laugh at them and think cash cow...

on a lighter note pretty sure lendal could more then contribute to this deficit.
why would we want to pile more money into a sinking ship? if they go over budget on a small construction project would people want to invest further if they had shares in? we are forced to give them money to waste. The council need to evaluate how they undertake all projects in the future as it would seem they do not have the correct resources managing them. Contractors must just laugh at them and think cash cow... on a lighter note pretty sure lendal could more then contribute to this deficit. Archiebold the 1st
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9:30am Sat 1 Feb 14

Alf Garnett says...

Archiebold the 1st wrote:
why would we want to pile more money into a sinking ship? if they go over budget on a small construction project would people want to invest further if they had shares in? we are forced to give them money to waste. The council need to evaluate how they undertake all projects in the future as it would seem they do not have the correct resources managing them. Contractors must just laugh at them and think cash cow...

on a lighter note pretty sure lendal could more then contribute to this deficit.
I may have missed something here. Does the article actually mention CoYC ?
It refers to Conservative controlled North Yorkshire and Ryedale DC. Neither of these have anything to do with Lendal Bridge. Which building project in North Yorkshire do you refer to ? On a serious note, which services are you, you personally, prepared to see cut ? Perhaps you think that we should pay no tax at all and buy our services durectly. Police, Fire, education, social and old age care, refuse and recycling. Don't think that cutting a few jobs or one or two higher salaries will make any difference, it won't. If you sacked all the top posts it wouldn't buy a new swimming pool.
[quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: why would we want to pile more money into a sinking ship? if they go over budget on a small construction project would people want to invest further if they had shares in? we are forced to give them money to waste. The council need to evaluate how they undertake all projects in the future as it would seem they do not have the correct resources managing them. Contractors must just laugh at them and think cash cow... on a lighter note pretty sure lendal could more then contribute to this deficit.[/p][/quote]I may have missed something here. Does the article actually mention CoYC ? It refers to Conservative controlled North Yorkshire and Ryedale DC. Neither of these have anything to do with Lendal Bridge. Which building project in North Yorkshire do you refer to ? On a serious note, which services are you, you personally, prepared to see cut ? Perhaps you think that we should pay no tax at all and buy our services durectly. Police, Fire, education, social and old age care, refuse and recycling. Don't think that cutting a few jobs or one or two higher salaries will make any difference, it won't. If you sacked all the top posts it wouldn't buy a new swimming pool. Alf Garnett
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10:00pm Sat 1 Feb 14

spragger says...

We need to fight this ..
They need to get in among that huge HQ in Northallerton
Chief Exec on £200,000 pa, large senior team on high salaries & unaffordable pensions
- Diversity, Compliance, European, Climate Change & Political officers abound
Cllrs who have all gone native & forgotten the people who pay for it all

Get on with saving our money, not spending more ..
We need to fight this .. They need to get in among that huge HQ in Northallerton Chief Exec on £200,000 pa, large senior team on high salaries & unaffordable pensions - Diversity, Compliance, European, Climate Change & Political officers abound Cllrs who have all gone native & forgotten the people who pay for it all Get on with saving our money, not spending more .. spragger
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8:40am Mon 3 Feb 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

Alf Garnett wrote:
Archiebold the 1st wrote: why would we want to pile more money into a sinking ship? if they go over budget on a small construction project would people want to invest further if they had shares in? we are forced to give them money to waste. The council need to evaluate how they undertake all projects in the future as it would seem they do not have the correct resources managing them. Contractors must just laugh at them and think cash cow... on a lighter note pretty sure lendal could more then contribute to this deficit.
I may have missed something here. Does the article actually mention CoYC ? It refers to Conservative controlled North Yorkshire and Ryedale DC. Neither of these have anything to do with Lendal Bridge. Which building project in North Yorkshire do you refer to ? On a serious note, which services are you, you personally, prepared to see cut ? Perhaps you think that we should pay no tax at all and buy our services durectly. Police, Fire, education, social and old age care, refuse and recycling. Don't think that cutting a few jobs or one or two higher salaries will make any difference, it won't. If you sacked all the top posts it wouldn't buy a new swimming pool.
well the a64 improvements in the last section? i never said anything about what areas to cut? or that its coyc? just a tongue in cheek comment about lendal.

If i were to cut areas it would be one such as exercise classes for over 60's. is this essential etc? i'm sure there are a lot of other similar schemes that are quite simply a waste of council tax funds.
[quote][p][bold]Alf Garnett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: why would we want to pile more money into a sinking ship? if they go over budget on a small construction project would people want to invest further if they had shares in? we are forced to give them money to waste. The council need to evaluate how they undertake all projects in the future as it would seem they do not have the correct resources managing them. Contractors must just laugh at them and think cash cow... on a lighter note pretty sure lendal could more then contribute to this deficit.[/p][/quote]I may have missed something here. Does the article actually mention CoYC ? It refers to Conservative controlled North Yorkshire and Ryedale DC. Neither of these have anything to do with Lendal Bridge. Which building project in North Yorkshire do you refer to ? On a serious note, which services are you, you personally, prepared to see cut ? Perhaps you think that we should pay no tax at all and buy our services durectly. Police, Fire, education, social and old age care, refuse and recycling. Don't think that cutting a few jobs or one or two higher salaries will make any difference, it won't. If you sacked all the top posts it wouldn't buy a new swimming pool.[/p][/quote]well the a64 improvements in the last section? i never said anything about what areas to cut? or that its coyc? just a tongue in cheek comment about lendal. If i were to cut areas it would be one such as exercise classes for over 60's. is this essential etc? i'm sure there are a lot of other similar schemes that are quite simply a waste of council tax funds. Archiebold the 1st
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