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How your 2020/21 Council Tax is worked out

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The Council Tax for Dover District Council is worked out by looking at what money is needed to run the services we provide, based on what we have set as our budget for the coming year.

The total amount of Council Tax we need to collect is identified as the difference between the budget we need and the money we already have to spend on services. This is shown in the table below:

Council Tax budget summary 2020-21
Budget Summary2020/21
Net Budget 2019/20 15,951    
Inflation 676    
Net increases in income/grants (see notes below) -646    
Net contribution to reserves & balances (see notes below) 1,303    
One-offs 133    
Growth (see notes below) 586    
Identified savings -268    
Net Budget 2020/21 17,735 15,951 11.18%
Less:  Funding:      
Business Rates Share 8,341 7,196 15.91%
Government Revenue Support & Other Grants 66 56 17.86%
New Homes Bonus Grant 1,733 1,729 0.23%
Collection Fund Surplus/(Deficit) 92 -246  
Total Funding 10,232 8,735  
Expenditure to be met by Council Tax payers 7,503.1 7,215.6  
Divided by equivalent number of Band D properties 39,029.75 38,526.26 1.31%
  £ £ %
Dover Tax level (Band D) 192.24 187.29 2.64%
Kent County Council precept 1,351.26 1,299.42 3.99%
The Police & Crime Commissioner for Kent precept 203.15 193.15 5.18%
Kent & Medway Fire and Rescue Authority precept 79.29 77.76 1.97%
Council Tax level (Band D) 1,825.94 1,757.62 3.89%



  • Income increases include additional income from the new Dover District Leisure Centre and other fees and charges, offset by reduced government subsidy and admin grants for Housing Benefit and Council Tax discounts.
  • Net contribution to reserves & balances includes transfer of ‘one-off’ business rates income to the Special Projects reserve to meet approved project costs.
  • Growth includes additional contract costs, staff resource to support the new tourism strategy, and other staffing and digital technology costs.
  • Loan liabilities – the council’s total outstanding borrowings from external organisations on 31 March 2020 were estimated at £102.06 million. 

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