WEST NORFOLK: Cabinet backs tax rise for holiday home owners
Owners of second homes and empty properties will be paying higher council tax rates from April.
West Norfolk Council’s cabinet agreed at a meeting on Tuesday to increase the bills in a bid to raise extra revenue and reduce the number of empty properties in the borough.
From April, second home owners would see their discount drop from 10 per cent to five per cent.
Empty property owners will be expected to pay the full council tax bill along with a further levy of 50 per cent of the annual council tax.
Priory ward member Jim Moriarty felt the proposal offered no incentive for property owners to register second homes.
Council leader Nick Daubney said: “It is right in my view that we have these extra resources to promote our borough.”
n The cabinet also heard that solar panels installed on the roof of Lynnsport generated £11,000 from the feed-in tarrifs.
The council receives money for the energy generated by the panels.
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