The Council Tax is paid by over 7000 households in Dorchester. It includes the spending requirements of Dorset County Council, West Dorset District Council, Dorset Police and Dorset Fire Authority as well as the Town Council. The District Council is responsible for collecting the Council Tax. Many people do not realise that the Town Council does not receive any money from central government, unlike the County and District Councils; neither do we get any of the non-domestic rate which local businesses pay.
Each year the Town Council calculates the money it needs to raise to provide its services. Then we deduct income which we expect to receive from fees and charges such as the hire of sports facilities, lettings of the various halls, etc, and the Town Council's share of the profits from Dorchester Market to leave the amount we require to spend on the services and any capital projects which are planned for the year ahead. This sum, called the precept, is the amount we ask the district council to collect for us; they do this as a proportion of the total council tax paid by householders in the town.