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What does it pay for?

This year, we need to collect about £88 million through the Council Tax put it into a separate fund called the Collection Fund. This is shared between ourselves, Essex County Council, the Essex Police Authority, the Essex Fire Authority and town or parish councils. The County Council uses it to pay for services such as social services, care in the community, schools and libraries. We provide a range of services including refuse collection, travel passes, activity centres for older people, care for the environment, health and safety, planning, leisure and recreation.