per cent rise in council tax bills for Burnham-On-Sea area
in Burnham-On-Sea will pay three per cent higher council tax charges
in the coming year after the district council this week voted
in favour of a small rise.
District Council set its proportion of the council tax at 3 per
cent for the coming year, equating to a rise of £3.81 on
every Band D property in the disrict.
means the average resident's bill will rise from from £126.84
1% rise in Council Tax bills raises £61,000 in funding for
cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council.
Sedgemoor's budget-setting meeting on Wednesday, councillors and
members of the public heard how Sedgemoor has achieved a balanced
budget despite a tough financial climate.
Leader Cllr Duncan McGinty, pictured below, said in his budget
speech: "For many years, we have kept our portion of the
council tax as low as possible, whilst maintaining and improving
services - and this Council is proud of that record."
we now recognise the need to use our precepting powers to the
maximum if we are to continue to provide essential and valued
services. Pound for pound, we are still the lowest 'Band D' equivalent
across the County and we have managed to contain increases for
the coming year to only £3.81 on a band D property, with
the tax rising from £126.84 to £130.65. This 3 per
cent increase is in line with the capping limit as we understand
it. In real terms, this equates to just seven pence a week."
comes just weeks after Burnham and Highbridge Town Council also
voted in favour of a separate 20p a week increase in local council
tax rates - as reported here
council also revealed that more than £500,000 has been directed
towards a new recycling service, called SORT It Plus, with all
residents within Sedgemoor getting a kerbside cardboard and plastic
bottle recycling service by the end of 2010.
Separately, £70,000 has been earmarked for a new scheme
to help reduce youth homelessness called 'NightStop'. The scheme
will see young people who become homeless in an emergency being
able to access accommodation in a family home as opposed to bed
and breakfast accommodation, which is expensive and often inappropriate.
The cash-strapped council has also made savings of almost £1million
over year which have enabled the Council to set a balanced budget
as it is legally required. This has been achieved by reducing
senior management costs; reducing administration and back office
support services and driving out further reductions across the
front line services.
McGinty added: "Yet again this year, we have faced a very
challenging budget round, perhaps the most challenging yet. Sedgemoor
District Council is not immune to the impacts and pressures of
the financial climate and has faced the problems that have come
with it. For that reason, I am extremely pleased to be able to
put before you a balanced budget that continues to deliver priority
services and has allowed some further investment in areas of particular