Council agrees council tax freeze

HORSHAM District Council has agreed to freeze its share of the council tax bill for a second year.

This follows decisions by the fire service, police and West Sussex County Council to also freeze their shares of the council tax bill

The annual Band D Council Tax charge will be £135.54 and the special charge £23.71.

HDC leader Ray Dawe (Con, Chantry) said: “We made an election pledge when we were re-elected last May not to increase Council Tax for both the current year and for the next financial year and I am delighted that, despite the difficult economic situation, we are still able to do this.

“I am sure it will be of great help to all our residents throughout the Horsham District.”

This week HDC reminded residents they pay their council tax using Direct Debit, which helps the council save money.

Cabinet member for efficiency and resources Roger Arthur said: “Direct Debit is a simple and efficient way for residents to pay their council tax.

“Once it is set up there is no need to worry about remembering to pay the bill, since money is debited automatically.

“The use of Direct Debits also helps to save taxpayers’ money, as it costs the council very much less to process a Direct Debit payment, than to process a payment by cheque.

“The council’s budget is very much under pressure, due to reducing Government grants, and the money saved through the use of Direct Debits could be put towards better use.

“Residents can save too because Direct Debit removes the need for stamps, paper, envelopes, trips to the post box and telephone calls.”

Further information about the Council’s budget, including Council Tax issues, is available by calling Horsham District Council on 01403 215301 or email finance@horsham.gov.uk