Government propose council tax increase to fund Somerset Rivers Authority

A council tax increase to help raise £2.7 million towards flood defence works commissioned by the Somerset River Authority moved a step closer in December following a government announcement.

The Government’s proposed local government finance settlement for 2016-17 included a provision for the Government to set alternative notional amounts for council tax levels so that pending the establishment of the Somerset Rivers Authority as a precepting body, Somerset County Council and all Somerset district councils can set a shadow precept of up to 1.25%, for the purpose of funding the Somerset Rivers Authority.

The increase will have to be signed off by councils in Somerset.

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