The council’s cabinet is recommending the increase for Band D properties, with proportional increases for other bands.
Uckfield Town Council’s share of council tax is set to rise too. Read more here in a previous Uckfield News story.
In proposing the increase for Wealden’s share of the overall council tax bill, the Leader of Wealden District Council, Bob Standley, said the council faces challenging times ahead.
“With central government grants disappearing the council’s budget will be under pressure and it will have to use some of its reserves to balance the books over the next 12 months.
“The council continues to make savings but is also having to factor in additional costs in readiness for the new waste and recycling contract and increased inflation risks.
“I am all in favour of low taxation, but we have to make sure we can continue to deliver a good standard of services to all our residents,” he added.
Residents, local businesses, parish and town councils are invited to take part in a consultation about the 2018/19 Wealden council tax proposal. The consultation can be found on the pages on the consultation pages of the Wealden website.
Cabinet also approved a commercial strategy setting out how the council can improve on its commercial activities in order to prevent the entire burden of increased costs being passed on to the taxpayer.
The council’s medium term financial strategy is looking to find a further £1.2 million in savings but with a changing age profile – the number of people aged 65 or over in Wealden expected to increase 23% by 2039 – the district council faces increased demand for its services.
The council’s commercial strategy will aim to combine meeting local needs with income generation.
Its first two ventures, the Sussex Weald Homes and the Wealden Crematorium, both seek to satisfy previously unmet needs among residents. The council has also recently acquired Vicarage Fields in the centre of Hailsham which includes the Waitrose store.
“Our commercial activities will be mainly within the district but this strategy does give us the scope to become involved elsewhere in East Sussex,” said Councillor Standley.
Wealden District Council’s share of the overall council tax which Wealden residents pay is around 10%. The council tax bill also collects money on behalf of East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and the local town or parish council.
The final decision on the Wealden element of the 2018/19 council tax will be made by full council on 21 February 2018.