Your Council Tax 2017/18

How to pay your Council Tax

Paying by secure Direct Debit is the simplest and easiest way to pay your bill.

  • You can pay over 10 or 12 monthly instalments, pay the full amount in one go or pay half yearly
  • Sign up online and choose either the 1st or 15th of each month to make your payment.
  • You will need your bank details and your Council Tax account number.

You can also pay your Council Tax by cash, standing order, cheque or online. Find out more

How we spend your money

Most of the Council Tax we collect from you is used for services that are provided by Kent County Council, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and Kent Fire & Rescue Service plus some is used by the parish and town councils.

Only 10 per cent of what you pay is used to fund borough council services, which is an average of 46p per day. Find out more

Limits to Council Tax increases

Although Council Tax is set locally by democratically elected local members at a public meeting of Full Council, the Secretary of State has the power to set a limit above which a referendum must be held. For 2017/18 the limits allowed Kent County Council to increase their Council Tax by up to 3 per cent more than the 2 per cent limit, provided the extra is attributed to funding adult social care. Find out more

Our budget

Our budget is funded from fees and charges, government grants and Council Tax. This section gives you a breakdown of our income and expenditure. Find out more

Council Tax breakdown

Your bill will tell you what band you are in and how much you need to pay. Council Tax is calculated  based on your band and the area of the borough you live in. Find out more


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