You pay for a proportion of the cost of your local services through the Council Tax. It is made up of five precepts, or charges, for Kent County Council, Sevenoaks District Council, your local town or parish council, Kent Police and Kent Fire & Rescue Service. Each authority sets its own charge.
All the Council Tax is collected by us is passed on to the relevant authority.
The band D Council Tax bill, excluding the town/parish council element for the financial year 2018/19 (from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019) is £1,691.14.
As an example, the breakdown by authority, at Band D, is as follows:
- Kent County Council - £1,237.68
- Sevenoaks District Council - £208.80
- Kent Police and Crime Commissioner - £169.15
- Kent and Medway Fire & Rescue Authority - £75.51
Total - £1,691.14.
The average town/parish council charge is £84.71
Where the money comes from
In this financial year, Council Tax will raise £10.4 million for us. After adding a contribution from reserves (£0.4 million), the rest will come from Business Rates (£2.7 million), interest from our savings and property investments (£0.9 million) and a surplus on the Council Tax collection fund (£0.3million). This gives a total of £14.7 million to spend on services.
How the money is spent
In the current financial year, we will spend £14.7 million on our services. This can be broken down as:
Communities and Business - £1.5 million
Including leisure, community safety, grants to voluntary organisations and economic and property development
Planning Services - £1.3 million
Including development control, local development framework, planning enforcement, planning appeals and conservation
Environmental & Operational Services - £4.7 million
Including refuse collection, recycling, street cleansing, car parking, CCTV, environmental health, licensing, parks, building control, housing and homelessness
Financial Services - £4.2 million
Including benefit grants and administration, local tax collection, internal audit and other administrative expenses
Corporate Services - £3.0 million
Including elections, register of electors, Councillors, Human Resources, Legal Services and IT.
For further information, please contact us.