You can download this year's council tax charges (PDF 65KB), and take a look at the last three years below:
Council tax charges for 2012-13 (PDF 45KB)
Council tax charges for 2011-12 (PDF 35KB)
Council tax charges for 2010-11 (PDF 16KB)
Please contact us if you need to know the charges for 2008-09 or earlier. These will be charges for the former Mid Beds or South Bedfordshire District Councils.
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) sets all council tax valuation bands. They decide your band by considering the market value of your property on 1 April 1991. The council tax valuation bands are:
|Valuation||Market value on 1 April 2009|
|A||Up to £40,000|
|B||£40,001 - £52,000|
|C||£68,001 - £88,000|
|D||£88,001 - £120,000|
|E||£120,001 - £160,000|
|F||£160,001 - £320,000|
|G||£160,001 - £320,000|
|H||More than £320,000|
When we work out your council tax, we use the charge for a Band D property to calculate all the other charges. Download a list of the valuation bands (PDF 38KB) to see the number of properties in each band and the proportion of the Band D charge which applies.
Check your band on your latest council tax bill or the VOA search and find out how to appeal it on the GOV.UK website.
The process for deciding how much you have to pay is:
- We work out our 'Budget Requirement'. This is the amount of money we need to provide all your public services.
- We take off the funding we get from Central Government in grants. We also make an adjustment for the amount we collected in the previous year.
- We divide the balance by the 'tax base'. This is the number of properties in Central Bedfordshire, counted as if every one was in Band D.
- We adjust the charge depending on which valuation band your property is in.
- Finally, we add on the amounts needed by the Police Authority, the Fire & Rescue Authority and your local town or parish. This gives the final figure as shown on your bill.