Council tax set to rise 3.99%
Council tax is set to rise by the maximum 3.99 per cent for Bristol residents from April.
It takes the annual bill from the city council for an average Band D property to £1,758.28 — £67.46 more than this year — plus additional smaller sums to pay for the police and fire service.
Half of the increase will go towards paying for adult social care after a consultation with thousands of householders found a majority in favour of adding two per cent to the charge specifically for that purpose.
But the consultation also revealed that the the biggest group — 41 per cent — wanted a freeze on council tax and no additional fee for adult social care.
Of the rest, 35 per cent preferred a two per cent increase in council tax and 23 per cent favoured one per cent.
The rises will give Bristol City Council an extra £8.7million to spend on services, plus £2.4million from the 1,567 new households since last year.
The cheapest Band A households face a £44.98 council tax rise to £1,172.19, Band B a £52.47 hike to £1,367.55 and Band C go up £59.97 to £1,562.92.
Bills for Band E residents will increase by £82.46 to £2,149.02, Band F by £97.45 to £2,539.75, Band G’s rise by £112.44 to £2,930.47 and the most expensive Band H properties will be charged an extra £134.93 taking their total to £3,516.57.
If approved by cabinet members next Tuesday, full council will make the final decision on February 25.
The precepts levied by the Avon & Somerset police and crime commissioner and Avon Fire & Rescue Service, which are added to the final council tax bills, are yet to be set.
By Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporter