Newark and Sherwood District Council raises its council tax demand by 1.98%
Residents in Newark and Sherwood will pay 1.98% more in its council tax bills from next month, it has been agreed.
But at its tax-setting meeting, district councillors were told the bill will make it the 77th cheapest in more than 180 districts across the country.
Those living in a Band A property will pay an extra £2.30 more per year, Band B £2.69 more, Band C £3.07, and Band D £3.46.
The majority of people in the district live in Band A (58%) and Band B (16%) properties.
Newark and Sherwood District Council leader David Lloyd told the meeting that this year’s budget was like no other.
“I think it’s quite a feat we’ve achieved,” he said.
“It’s proper that we recognise all our staff for what we have been doing in the last year and pre-empting the thanks for the year ahead.
“They have sustained the quality of our services throughout the pandemic situation and every single colleague is due our thanks.”
Mr Lloyd outlined a number of successes the council achieved during the last year, including environment cleansing and responding to anti-social behaviour at a time when people had used the council’s parks more than ever.
He said: “We paid our grants to businesses and other organisations at a phenomenal speed.
“If I’m candid, there was one business I wanted to hunt and kick their door down because had they accepted their grant, we would have quite certainly been number one in the country.
“We were in the top percentage of not just paying out grants but with the speed in which we did it. That’s over £40m in grants that have come through us.
“And it is worth recalling we chose as a council to use our own reserves prior to the government money coming forward — to the tune of around £8m — that is the importance we applied to our economy.”
Mr Lloyd said the council’s Humanitarian Assistance Response Team (HART) took more than 1,475 requests from those who needed support, while its public protection team had 700 more requests than normal.
“Our Palace Theatre that was supposed to be celebrating its centenary was turned essentially into a food hub, and geared up for all the children that weren’t in school at that time — and indeed their families,” he said.
“We think we were the first council in the country to have gone online and they (councillors) have sustained all these different meetings so we can carry out the business of the council.”
Mr Lloyd also noted the success of the Cleaner, Safer, Greener campaign, three joint operations with the police; response to flooding; the Safer Streets project, and 900 repairs made throughout the covid period.
“All council staff are a testament to themselves, but certainly to their district and its residents,” he said.
Newark and Sherwood District Council’s share of the council tax bill will be added to demands from Nottinghamshire County Council, town and parish councils, Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service for the total bill.
• The amount every household will have to pay in the next financial year can be found in the public notices section of this week's Advertiser