About council tax, bands and charges

Your council tax pays for the delivery of essential services in our district, from ensuring policing levels are maintained, the fire service is on call 24 hours a day or local restaurants and takeaways food standards are kept at an acceptable level.

Council tax is charged on all residential properties in England. For the Harrogate district, we are the 'billing authority' and collect council tax on behalf of Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in respect of both the Police and Fire and Rescue services that they provide.

One council tax bill is sent to each property regardless of how many people live there.

Information on paying your council tax

How is my bill calculated?

The amount you pay depends on the valuation band of your property. Each residential property in the district is valued by the Valuation Office Agency and placed into a band from A to H. The bands are based on what a home might have sold for in April 1991.

The band your property falls into is shown on your council tax bill, or can be found on the check your council tax band page of the GOV.UK website. If you think your home is in the wrong band you can challenge your council tax band.

Your bill shows separate amounts for the various authorities named below, and a further amount for the adult social care precept.

Council tax increases 2022-23

Each authority above sets its own tax level, and changes in the overall tax bill for 2022-23 can be seen in the table below.
  Band D tax Increase % Percentage of the overall tax bill
North Yorkshire County Council* £1,467.35 £56.30 4.0 70.6%
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue £75.61 £1.47 2.0 3.6%
North Yorkshire Police £281.06 £10.00 3.7 13.5%
Harrogate Borough Council £255.92 £5.00 2.0 12.3%
Total £2,079.94 £72.77 3.6 100%

*The council tax attributable to North Yorkshire County Council includes a precept for adult social care

Council tax charges 2022-23

The amounts for the different services for each valuation band can be seen in the table below.
Services provided by: Band A Band B Band C Band D
Harrogate Borough Council £170.61 £199.05 £227.48 £255.92
North Yorkshire County Council £865.88 £1,010.19 £1,154.51 £1,298.82
NYCC Adult Social Care £112.35 £131.08 £149.80 £168.53
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue £50.41 £58.81 £67.21 £75.61
North Yorkshire Police £187.37 £218.60 £249.83 £281.06
Total £1,386.62 £1,617.73 £1,848.83 £2,079.94
Services provided by: Band E Band F Band G Band H
Harrogate Borough Council £312.79 £369.66 £426.53 £511.84
North Yorkshire County Council £1,587.45 £1,876.07 £2,164.70 £2,597.64
NYCC Adult Social Care £205.98 £243.43 £280.88 £337.06
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue £92.41 £109.21 £126.02 £151.22
North Yorkshire Police £343.52 £405.98 £468.43 £562.12
Total £2,542.15 £3,004.35 £3,466.56 £4,159.88

These figures do not include any local parish precept charge. The exact charge will vary depending on which parish area the property is in.

You can view the council tax charges for each parish in the Harrogate district. For more information on Parish precepts please see the parish precept page.

What is the additional element relating to adult social care?

North Yorkshire County council is the authority that provides adult social care services, and we collect this charge on their behalf.

From 2016-17 the government has allowed councils that provide social care to adults to increase their share of council tax. This additional council tax charge is called the adult social care precept and is specifically ring-fenced to adult social care. It is a government requirement that this precept is shown as a separate line on the bill. North Yorkshire County Council provide information to show how the adult social care precept is calculated.

For more information, please visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/budget-council-tax-and-adult-social-care-precept

What does my council tax pay for?

For more information on the services each authority provides, please use the links below:

North Yorkshire County Council
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
North Yorkshire Police

Harrogate Borough Council

We keep less than 13p in every pound of the council tax you pay to fund the services we provide. The most common services people associate with local authorities are waste collections and highway maintenance. Highway maintenance is the responsibility of North Yorkshire County Council, but in addition to waste and recycling, amongst other things we look after:

  • planning consent in the district
  • food hygiene
  • supporting residents who are vulnerable or in need through the provision of benefits, welfare and homelessness prevention
  • dog wardens
  • managing a CCTV network 24/7
  • licencing of businesses, premises and taxis
  • looking after our open spaces and children's play areas
  • sport and leisure provision across the district, via its wholly-owned company Brimhams Active
  • pest control treatments
  • managing and maintaining over 3,800 council homes
  • maintaining our cultural and visitor offering through museums, galleries and tourist information offices
  • looking at the economic development of the district and ensuring Harrogate remains the best place to live, work and visit

As an authority, we need to manage the provision of these services whilst dealing with a number of different budget pressures. We recognise the importance of maintaining our services to the district so we try to minimise the increase in council tax by carefully managing our spending. For 2022-23 we are making expenditure savings of £1,947,000 whilst we continue to expand areas of income generation, such as green garden waste, the Turkish Baths and trade waste services to name a few.

The total projected budget for Harrogate Borough Council in 2022-23 is shown below:
    Budget 2022-23    
  2021-22     2022-23
Gross
cost
£’000
Income
and grants
£’000
Net
cost
 £’000
Service Gross
cost
£’000
Income
and grants
£’000
Net
cost
£’000
16,936 -19,450 -2,513 Housing and Property 17,355 -20,340 -2,985
14,966 -7,091 7,875 Parks and Environmental Services 15,382 -7,347 8,035
4,324 -3,454 870 Safer Communities 4,482 -4,084 398
20,104 -18,845 1,259 Finance 20,173 -18,767 1,406
2,527 -3 2,524 Legal and Governance 2,573 -3 2,570
918 0 918 Organisational Development and Improvement 577 0 577
8,877 -1,637 7,239 Sport and Leisure
(Culture, Tourism and Sport to 2020-21)
5,306 -22 5,285
3,147 -277 2,869 Destination Management Organisation
(in Sport and Leisure in 2020-21)
2,519 -481 2,038
7,488 -3,622 3,866 Place Shaping and Economic Growth 7,962 -4,631 3,330
6,599 -2,748 3,866 Harrogate Convention Centre 5,846 -4,823 1,023
1,366 -1,319 16 Corporate 1,185 -1,090 95
87,222 -58,447 28,775 Cost of services 85,361 -61,589 21,772
-16,409 -613 -17,022 Other operating costs and balance transfers -4,523 -593 -5,116
36,416 -32,114 4,302 Retained business rates and non-specific grant income 23,250 -23,239 11
107,228 -91,173 16,055 Borough council council tax requirement 102,087 -85,420 16,667
1,162 0 1,162 Parish precepts 1,223 0 1,223
108,391 -91,173 17,218 Borough and parish council tax requirement 103,306 -85,416 17,890

The Harrogate Borough Council element of the bill is worked out by dividing the total amount needed in the budget from local taxpayers (£16,666,730 for 2022/23 as calculated above) by the equivalent number of residential properties that are classified as Band D (65,124.71).

16,666,730 (budget) / 65,124.71 (Band D) = £255.92 per Band D property

The amounts for the Harrogate Borough Council element of the bill due for residential properties in other bands are ratios of the above and are shown in the table below:
Band Value at 1 April 1991 Ratio Amount
A Not more than £40,000 6/9 £170.61
B £40,001 to £52,000 7/9 £199.05
C £52,001 to £68,000 8/9 £227.48
D £68,001 to £88,000 9/9 £255.92
E £88,001 to £120,000 11/9 £312.79
F £120,001 to £160,000 13/9 £369.66
G £160,001 to £320,000 15/9 £426.53
H Over £320,000 18/9 £511.84

Council tax information for the previous financial year

Gross expenditure details of the precepting authorities for the previous financial years

North Yorkshire County Council services 2021-22
Fire and Police precept 2021-22

North Yorkshire County Council services 2020-21
Fire and Police precept 2020-21

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