Lichfield District Council House
Lichfield District Council House

Local authority chiefs say a transformation project has helped keep council tax increases below the maximum amount.

Members of Lichfield District Council have this week agreed a 2.66% rise.

The precept – the share it takes of the council tax bills of residents – could have risen by as much as 2.99%.

But a meeting of the council this week was told that financial planning and changes to the way it operates had seen the increase minimised.

Among the measures introduced to boost the authority’s coffers include the refurbishment and leasing of parts of District Council House to private tenants – a move which raises £250,000 a year. 

Cllr Rob Strachan, cabinet member for finance and commissioning, said:

“Our ability to deliver a balanced budget, without resorting to the maximum council tax increase, is a testament to our prudent financial management and innovative approach to transformation.  

“We have been able to do this whilst still investing in our exciting cinema development and building a new leisure centre for our residents. These efforts ensure that Lichfield District remains a financially secure yet vibrant community for everyone.” 

Cllr Rob Strachan, Lichfield District Council

Differences at parish, city and town council level means the exact overall change to the total council tax bills will vary across the district.

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Are they kidding
1 month ago

Given the quality of service received in recent years across Libraries, Parks, open spaces, galleries, Leisure facilities, including swimming pools and recreation centres. Social care for older people, children and other vulnerable members of the community even a £1 bill would be too much to pay. Also don’t they use council tax to maintain roads? Never seen the roads so bad. Awful awful governance!

UnbelievableJeff
1 month ago

Don worry they will increase it massively next year to pay for the city centre pedestrian farce

LichfieldAnon
1 month ago

@Are you kidding. If you actually read the article you’ll see that this is about Lichfield District Council. They don’t deal with the roads. If you want to criticise the council at least have a quick look into what the district council do. Also I’m not entirely sure what you’re trying to say, do you not want to pay anything towards the services and you’d prefer not to have them?

LichfieldAnon
1 month ago

@UnbelievableJeff. I am certain the budget isn’t set solely on pedestrianisation. Did you listen to the budget speech or do you prefer to complain about things you lack knowledge of?

Ian Jones
1 month ago

My understanding is that the District Council have nothing to do with potholes or social care, so I am not sure any of these comments are really valid or make sense?