Property owners face higher tax
CERTAIN types of property owners are facing higher council tax bills from April after East Riding councillors agreed to a series of policy changes covering exemption rules.
Current discounts for second homes are being scrapped, bringing an expected extra £158,162 into the council's coffers during 2013-4.
In addition, the council also plans to reduce the current six-month discount for owners of vacant dwellings to a new two-month period.
The council's cabinet heard this move would generate an extra £1m for the authority.
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However councillors have decided against changing the current 100 per cent discount on empty dwellings undergoing major repair work.
Caroline Lacey, the council's corporate director of resources, said the anticipated extra income from any reduction in the discount would not be worth the additional work required to administer it.
The changes have been made possible through new legislation giving local authorities greater discretion over council tax discount schemes.