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Hertfordshire County Council

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County Council's element of Council Tax


On 20 February, Hertfordshire's county councillors agreed our budget for 2018/19.

This year, we've raised our element of your Council Tax bill by 5.99%:

  • 3% of this is for adult care services.
  • 2.99% is for our other services.

This increase is essential to meet the challenges we're facing.


What does this mean for me? County Council Tax for band D household: yearly bill for 2017/18 was £1,245.83. Yearly bill for 2018/19  will be £1,320.46.

Three key aims of our budget

  1. Protecting frontline services to support elderly and vulnerable residents, including managing increasing demand for our adult care services from our ageing population.
  2. Investing to meet the challenges of a growing population, including establishing a dedicated growth and infrastructure team to provide the capacity and expertise to respond to the need for new homes and jobs in the county.
  3. Delivering our services in the most efficient way.


Funding our budget

We have cut our total spending but our government grant has been cut by almost half, from £44 million to £23 million.


Where we spend your money

Each household in Hertfordshire will receive a Council Tax bill from their district or borough council.

The money raised through Council Tax is shared between the following authorities, which provide a range of services.

Hertfordshire County Council

  • Caring and supporting children, young people and families
  • caring for the elderly and vulnerable and people with disabilities, mental health, drugs or alcohol problems
  • Fire and Rescue Service
  • road maintenance and safety
  • co-ordinating bus services and providing home to school transport for children
  • recycling and waste disposal
  • responding to major planning applications – for example, housing and mineral extraction
  • economic development
  • providing libraries, archives and local studies material
  • protecting consumers against poor quality goods and services and upholding fair trading laws
  • community safety (crime / anti-social behaviour reduction initiatives) and emergency planning.

More about Hertfordshire County Council services

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire

  • Policing and crime prevention.

District and Borough council services

  • Housing and homelessness
  • refuse collection and street cleansing services
  • Environmental health
  • leisure services
  • planning and building control
  • car parks and controlled parking zones.

More about district and borough services

Town and Parish councils

  • Allotments
  • village halls
  • cemeteries and closed churchyards.

More about town and parish council services


More detail – Council Tax and budget

Take a look at the Council Tax and budget 2018/19 information (PDF 369kb) opening in a new window.

View the Integrated Plan 2017/18.

Contact us if you have any questions.