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 £250.92 has to be increased. You can view the 2021/22 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 2021/22. Their budget will allow the council to maintain local grant initiatives which includes 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, and hope to be able to start to progress this in the summer of 2021.

The budget continues to include for 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 2021 will include:

  • £20,000 available for a small grant scheme
  • £18,000 available for working with partnership organisations to deliver services in the city
  • £80,000 as a strategic investment fund
  • £65,000 to provide an enhanced range of larger family events on the Market Square
  • £20,000 to fund the running of Quarry Moor Park
Ripon City Council 2020/21 2021/22
Gross spending £407,970 £407,570
Parish precept £400,000 £400,000
Parish band D tax £71.87 £70.77

Knaresborough Town Council

Knaresborough Town Council has set its budget for 2021/22 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 2020/21 budget underspends alongside the 2021/22 budget to create a Covid-19 recovery fund through its grant funding process targeting the charity and voluntary sector in the Town.

The Council's budget from April 2021 will include the following:

  • £30,000+ available for a Covid-19 recovery grant scheme (available to any local voluntary/charitable organisations that can demonstrate a need and the benefits to the Town and its residents)
  • £9,000+ available for a small grants scheme (non-covid related) (available to voluntary organisations/individuals who can demonstrate a benefit to the Town and its residents)
  • £26,000 for Town Development, including current and new projects to improve areas of the Town
  • £20,000 for potential Town services to help deliver project consultancy and identify potential funding for projects in the Town
  • £35,000 for the current seasonal lighting contract, including a contingency for improvement to the new scheme.
Knaresborough Town Council 2020/21 2021/22
Gross spending £177,420 £202,140
Net spending after use of balances £142,730 £147,120
Parish Precept £142,730 £147,120
Parish band D tax £24.52 £25.01

You can still view the 2020-21 parish precepts.