face tough decisions over service cutbacks
tax bills in Burnham-On-Sea could be set to rise and public services
could be axed if the town council has to take over the management
of more public services, it was warned this week.
District Council has called on local town and parish councils
to contribute towards the cost of certain services which it currently
provides, including public toilets, dog waste bins and halls,
as it braces itself for huge cuts in funding.
Corporate Director Alison Griffin has written to Burnham and Highbridge
town council to find out which services it would be prepared to
take responsibility for if the district council cannot afford
to pay for them.
a meeting earlier this week, town councillors raised their concerns
about the proposals and said the standard provided to local residents
Eileen Shaw also warned that the town council's precept could
also rise if it has to take on the extra services - potentially
meaning higher council tax bills.
Shaw later told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The Town Council at
this stage has no firm indication of the costs of the services
Sedgemoor District Council states it is no longer able to fund."
the meeting of the Policy and Finance Committee, it was agreed
that I should arrange to hold detailed talks with the District
Council to find us the cost of services they wish us to consider
taking over, and the most cost effective way of delivering these
town councillors are pictured above in their council chambers