Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council collects all Council Tax. It does this for itself and for all the other local service providers. These include Kent County Council, the police, the fire authorities and your local Parish Council.
The amount each village pays varies because of the different tax asked for by your parish council.
The break down of the tax for an average Band D property is:
Kent Police £122.18
Kent & Medway Towns Fire Authority £61.65
This all amounts to £1299.98 – but then you have to add on the Parish Council tax as follows:
Burham Parish: £ 23.12 (making a total for a Band D property in Burham of £1323.10)
Aylesford Parish: £38.23 (making a total for a Band D property in Eccles of £1338.21)
Wouldham Parish: £43.79 (making a total for a Band D property in Wouldham of £1343.77)
Note that KCC need most tax as they have much bigger commitments such all schools, the roads and the disposal of all waste collected by the borough councils.
It is worth noting that TMBC have limited their Council Tax rise to 4.95% in spite of:
- Increased compulsory commitments from central government to be paid for by Council Tax.
- A reduction in real terms of Central Government funding to effectively 1.2%. Leaving TMBC to raise this money from its Council Tax payers.
- TMBC received one of the lowest Central Government financial grants of all boroughs in Kent.
- A rise in the inflation rate of TMBC services of 3.7%.
The motion, agreeing the Council Tax, was unanimously passed by TMBC at the Council Meeting on the 22 February with Lib Dem and Labour Councillors supporting the Conservative Budget.