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Council tax increases to vary across Cornwall - how much will YOU pay?

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: March 09, 2009

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Full details of council tax rates for the coming year have been published this week.

A complete table detailing the council tax rates for every parish in Cornwall have been released by Cornwall Council.

It is the first time that council tax bills will come from the new unitary council which will take over all local government services on April 1 when the existing structure of district councils and the county council ends.

The new Cornwall Council set an average increase of 2.6% for council tax for the coming year.


However due to efforts to equalise council tax rates across Cornwall some areas will see higher increases than others.

Households in Penwith will see a rise of at least 4.9% while those in Kerrier will see a rise of just 0.54%.

The complete rates also include the levels set for the police authority's share of the bill which this year has risen by 4.94%.

They also include the rates set by parish councils all over Cornwall.

By viewing the full table taxpayers can compare their tax rates with others in Cornwall.

The table shows that the parish with the highest council tax rates for the coming year is Bodmin with its lowest Band A rate at £1,037.05 – just one of two parishes where the lowest band has bills of over £1,000. The other is Bude-Stratton.

The lowest rates for a Band A property are £905.71.

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    Mr.MPenn, Carbis Bay  |  September 22 2009, 1:48PM

    How can you justify the excessive increase in council tax, and how are pensioners supposed to be able ti find this extra money

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    Richard Strafford, Kea, Truro  |  March 11 2009, 5:58PM

    My concern lies not with non-payment of parking fines etc, but with knowing how many employees at all levels from the top to the bottom we the tax payers employ and at what cost. I noticed a complete absence from the "New Unitary Council's" glossy brochures of even the faintest mention of of this enormous (and growing) element. I would also like to know why with inflation falling my bill goes up by 4.1% ? Financial crisis - "What financial crisis ?" I hear our happy leaders crying all the way to the bank!!

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    Derek, Bodmin  |  March 10 2009, 1:12PM

    I agree with Richard, it would also be nice to know how Bodmin Town Councillors are managing to stay in power until 2013 without an election. With the current Councillors in power we will never have a reduction in our rates, they have too many grandiose schemes in the pipeline over the next few years and they do not seem to grasp the concept of a recession.

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    richard, bodmin  |  March 09 2009, 8:47PM

    I think there needs to be an inspection of Bodmin Town Council's books. I suggest the town council start enforcing non payment of parking charges in the Priory carpark as I know people who park there all day without paying and have never received a penalty ticket.