The council’s elected representatives have backed a budget which acknowledges and responds to the on-going financial impact of the Covid 19 pandemic, while aiming to achieve a vision for Hertsmere that prioritises strong identity, enterprise and climate action with delivery of essential services at its core.
Hertsmere Borough Council’s revenue budget for the next financial year (2022/2023), which sets out the anticipated outgoing costs of delivering services and how they will be met by funding resources, was approved at a recent Full Council meeting (Wednesday 23 February). Despite ongoing cost pressures and loss of income caused by the pandemic, a balanced budget was presented to the meeting and an average increase of £5 per household for Hertsmere Borough Council’s share of council tax bills was agreed, the same rise as last year.
A household in a Band D property will pay an average of £192 in council tax to Hertsmere Borough Council for its services for the year 2022/23- which equates to around 53p per day. That money is used to fund services including waste and recycling; planning; housing; parks and open spaces; street cleaning and environmental health; benefits administration and contributions towards Police Community Support Officers and the Citizens Advice Bureau.
As a billing authority, Hertsmere Borough Council collects the council tax every year, but the money residents pay does not all go to the borough council. On average, Hertsmere gets 10 per cent, or 10p in every £1 residents pay, Hertfordshire County Council gets 77 per cent, Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner gets 11 per cent and, if residents live in an area with a parish or town council, (Aldenham Parish Council, Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, Shenley Parish Council and South Mimms Parish Council), those councils receive two per cent.
Please see our full news article for further information and comments on the budget from the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Councillor Abhishek Sachdev.