Council tax bands and charges
How we work out your council tax
To work out the amount you pay in each band we look at the money we need to run the services we provide. The total amount we collect is the difference between how much budget we need and how much we have to spend.
We divide the amount we need between each property. We then add on the the amount you have to pay to Kent County Council, the police and fire services and award any discounts or exemptions you're entitled to. If you live in an area with a parish or town council there is an extra charge for services they provide.
If you own a property that has been empty for two years or more you'll be charged an extra 50% on that property.
Adult social care precept
The government has allowed councils which provide social care to adults to increase their share of council tax. This additional charge is called the adult social care precept.
This started in 2016 and is a government requirement that this precept is shown as a separate line on the bill with an amount that is the total for this additional precept over the two years, rather than the total spend on adult social care. The 2% increase shown on the bill is an increase on the whole Kent County Council amount which results in a total KCC increase of 4.99%. (or 5.0% when rounded to one whole decimal place).
The percentage increase is calculated by the total for KCC and the adult social care precept.
- In 2018/19 the total precept is £1,237.68 (£1,169.64 plus £68.04)
- In 2017/18 the total precept was £1,178.82 (£1,134.36 plus £44.46
- In 2016/17 the total precept was £1,135.55 (£1,111.77 plus £21.78)
The income generated is ringfenced, meaning it can only be used for adult social care services. Find out more about the adult social care charge