Council Tax is collected and used by local Councils to help pay for local services like schools, the Police and refuse collection. It is based on a banded property valuation of dwellings. The amount of Council Tax payable depends on the number of adults living in a property and which Council Tax band the property is in.
The amount of Council Tax payable for each band is based on the requirements of the District Council and the needs of the major precepting authorities. The Council’s expenditure accounts for 14% of the total Council Tax collected. The remainder is divided between the County Council, who receive 76% and Hertfordshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner who receives 10%.
Request a Copy of your Bill
You can request a copy of the last Bill that we sent to you. We will only send this Bill to the liable parties named on the account.
Your Council Tax 2017/18
Below is the full list of all precepting authorities and local Parish Councils and a breakdown of the charges levied.
Annual billing financial leaflets can be found below. If you require a paper copy of any of these documents, please contact us on 01462 474000. Hertfordshire County Council's Council Tax information can be found below or at www.hertsdirect.org/counciltax where you can also see more information regarding the Adult Social Care Precept details on the front of your bill.
Explanation of Council Tax increase for Hertfordshire County Council 2017/2018
We recognise that the percentage increase shown on Council Tax bills for 2017/2018 for Hertfordshire County Council General Expenditure and Adult Social Care can cause confusion, as the increase of 1.99% & 3% is not directly comparable with the amounts charged in 2016/2017.
Unfortunately, we are unable to change the way that this is shown on the Council Tax Bill as this is subject to Regulations and the Council has no discretion to change the format. However, hopefully, the following explanation will be of assistance.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government determines what an excessive increase in Council Tax would be. Any increase that is deemed to be excessive requires a local referendum.
For the 2017/18 financial year, the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government has determined that an increase of greater than 5% is deemed to be excessive for Social Care Authorities. In Hertfordshire, the Social Care Authority is Hertfordshire County Council.
The 5% is made up of 3% for Adult Social Care and 2% for other expenditure. Hertfordshire County Council chose to increase their Council Tax by 4.99%, which is made up of 3% for Adult Social Care and 1.99% for other expenditure.
The Band D Council Tax for Hertfordshire County Council for 2016/17 was:
Hertfordshire County Council General Expenditure: £1,163.80
Adult Social Care: £22.82
In 2017/2018 the Band D Council Tax for Hertfordshire County Council is:
Hertfordshire County Council General Expenditure: £1,187.41
Adult Social Care: £58.42
The General Expenditure amount in 2017/2018 is made up of 1.99% of the total expenditure of the County Council in 2016/2017 (£1,186.62 x 1.99% = £23.61) plus £1,163.80 General Expenditure from 2016/2017 = £1,187.41. This is shown as 2.0% on Council Tax bills as the Regulations require Councils to show this figure to one decimal point.
The Adult Social Care amount in 2017/2018 is made up of 3% of the total expenditure of the County Council in 2016/2017 (£1,186.62 x 3.00% = £35.60) plus £22.82 Adult Social Care from 2016/2017 = £58.42.
When taken overall, the combined total for Hertfordshire County Council of both General Expenditure and Adult Social Care has increased from £1,186.62 in 2016/2017 to £1,245.83 in 2017/2018, which is an overall increase of 4.99% and therefore within the 5% allowed by the Secretary of State, before triggering the need for a local referendum.