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Council tax - what is it and how is it spent ?

Last Modified April 23, 2015

What is council tax ?

Council tax is a locally-set tax that is payable on all domestic property.

We are responsible for collecting the tax, but we do not keep all of it. It is split between us and other authorities and agencies which provide public services, such as the police and the county council.

In Hertsmere there are more than 42,000 properties to which council tax applies. This means more than £70 million needs to be collected by us each year.

The tax helps pay for local services such as schools, libraries, police, fire service, parks and waste and recycling collections. The full amount of tax you pay is based on two factors:

  • The property value, and 
  • The assumption that there are two or more adults, aged 18 or over, living there.


Property values are divided into eight bands A to H and the tax incurred by each property increases in increments, band A being the lowest.

In certain circumstances the amount of tax you pay may be reduced by either a discount or an exemption.

How is your council tax spent ?

The council tax we collect is divided between:

  • Us
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire 
  • Parish / town councils


You can read more about the financial budget for Hertsmere, Hertfordshire County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner:


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