Parish precept

Parishes may charge a parish precept to fund the parish council and activities they undertake on behalf of your community. Each parish must forecast how much they are going to need in the following financial year. This is then divided by the number of properties in the parish that fall into council tax band D, in the same way as your Harrogate Borough Council council tax is calculated. Parishes, where the precept is over £140,000, must provide a breakdown of their budget. Ripon City Council and Knaresborough Town Council have each set a precept over £140,000.

The council tax in your parish area

In areas where parish councils raise money through a parish precept, the basic Harrogate Borough Council band D council tax of £255.92 has to be increased. You can view the 2022-23 parish precepts for the Harrogate district.

Note, if your parish is not listed this is because they have taken the decision not to levy an additional charge to their residents.

Ripon City Council

Ripon City Council has set a balanced budget for 2022-23. Their budget will allow the council to maintain local grant initiatives which include both small grants and monies for working in partnerships with other organisations to help deliver improvements and support within the City.

Ripon City Council continues to budget for the provision of a city-wide bus service which will provide a much-needed service to residents.

The budget continues to include an enhanced programme of family-friendly Ripon City Council events within the City which will provide a welcome boost to all and help to provide crucial support to the city's businesses and independent traders by drawing both residents and visitors into the city centre.

The council's budget from April 2022 will include:

  • £20,000 available for a small grant scheme
  • £18,000 available for working with partnership organisations to deliver services in the city
  • £40,000 as a strategic investment fund
  • £77,420 to provide an enhanced range of larger family events on the Market Square
  • £15,100 to fund the running of Quarry Moor Park
Ripon City Council 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23
Gross spending £407,970 £407,570 £436,472
Parish precept £400,000 £400,000 £410,902
Parish band D tax £71.87 £70.77 £70.77

Knaresborough Town Council

Knaresborough Town Council has set its budget for 2022-23 in order to allow for continued development of projects throughout the town working in partnership with other organisations to deliver improvements throughout. This budget also reflects the current global pandemic and the Town Council's decision to use some of the 2021-22 budget underspends alongside the 2022-23 budget to continue to support Covid-19 recovery fund through its grant funding process targeting the charity and voluntary sector in the Town.

The council's budget from April 2022 will include the following:

  • £20,000 available for a grant scheme (available to any local voluntary/charitable organisations that can demonstrate a need and the benefits to the Town and its residents)
  • £36,000 for town development, including current and new projects to improve areas of the town and to help prepare for opportunities presented by devolution
  • £20,000 for potential town services to help deliver project consultancy and identify potential funding for projects in the town
  • £3,500 for town council run events
  • £35,000 for the current seasonal lighting contract, including a contingency for improvement to the scheme.
Knaresborough Town Council 2021-22 2022-23
Gross spending £202,140 £205,220
Net spending after use of balances £147,120 £151,420
Parish Precept £147,120 £151,420
Parish band D tax £25.01 £25.27

You can still view the 2021-22 parish precepts.